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:
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."