This one-day course is aimed at giving you a basic understanding relating to zoological animal health and husbandry. You will gain theoretical knowledge on zoo health, nutrition, behaviour and enrichment, while applying this practically to some exotic zoo species we house here at Derby College.
This course is suitable for anyone aged eight years and over. You should have a general interest in zoological animal health and husbandry. You should also have a keen willingness to participate in both the practical and theory aspects of the course.
The course will cover:
There will be a practical assessment on enrichment provision for a nominated zoo animal.
You will receive a College Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the course.
You will be required to supply your own:
All clothing you choose to wear on the day will need to be suitable for a practical session e.g. it should be free from drawstrings. You should wear trousers/jeans, tie long hair back and ensure you are wearing no jewellery.
Derby College offers a variety of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care and a wide range of other land-based topics. Please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."