This course is for individuals who would like to gain experience of caring for and handling a meerkat. It is run on a one-to-one basis with a member of our staff. You will be shown around the animal unit and given the opportunity to understand and care for the meerkats that live 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 meerkats 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 also 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:
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."