This course is for individuals who would like to gain experience of caring for a porcupine. It is run on a one-to-one basis with a member of staff. You will be shown around the animal unit and given the opportunity to understand and care for the porcupine that lives at Derby College.
This is a great experience that you could buy as a gift for someone.
You should have a keen interest in small animals.
The course will cover the care of porcupines including handling, health checking, cleaning out and feeding.
Assessment is by observation of your practical performance. A College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.
Steel toe-cap boots should be worn and these can be borrowed from the unit if you do not have your own. (Please check we have your size when booking on the course.)
You should wear trousers/jeans. Protective lab coats are worn when in the animal unit and these will be provided for you on the day.
You may wish to participate in further Animal Care courses that the College offers to enhance your skills. We run a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to animals and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
You may also be interested in the following experience courses we run:
Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.
Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."