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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you would like to pursue a rewarding and interesting career in the animal care industry, this course will equip you with the skills you need. Combining theory and practical work, it includes a period of industry experience.

Entry requirements

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Merit grade or above during your first year.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and/or Maths

OR

  • An Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, including English and/or Maths

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal health
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal biology
  • Animal handling
  • Work-related experience
  • Investigative project
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal nursing
  • Animal welfare
  • Dog grooming
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Pet store management
  • Zoological animal health and husbandry
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal training
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Farm livestock husbandry

How will I be assessed?

This course is continually assessed throughout the year. The various assessment methods include written reports, practical assessments, online tests and work placement reports.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Safety boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College bottle green laboratory coat for practicals (which will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College polo and sweatshirt (Information will be provided at enrolment on where to buy these from)
  • Writing materials, to include a lever arch file, dividers and a memory stick
  • Entrance fees to various establishments (As part of the course, you will visit several animal collections over the year, so allow around £50.00 for entrance fees.)

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails should be worn.

 

What can I do after this course?

This course can put you on the path to career roles such as veterinary nurse or zoo keeper, as well as supervisory roles in rescue centres, pet stores, kennels, catteries and dog grooming salons.

 

You could also progress to a foundation degree or honours degree in a related area.

 

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Annie Dowell

Annie Dowell

Kennel owner Annie loved every minute of Animal Care course

For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.

She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."

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