This is a three-hour course for individuals who would like to gain experience of caring for a range of animals. It is taken on a one-to-one basis with a member of our staff.
You will be shown around our animal unit and will be given the opportunity to learn more about how to care for some of the animals that live at Derby College.
This is a great course to buy as a gift experience for someone.
You should have a keen interest in animals.
The course will cover the care of a range of animals at the Derby College Broomfield Hall Animal Unit. It includes handling, health checking, cleaning out, feeding, exercising and grooming.
Assessment is by observation of your practical performance. A College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.
You need to wear trousers/jeans and steel toe-capped boots. The boots can be borrowed from the animal unit if you do not have your own (please check we have your size when booking the course). Protective lab coats are worn at the animal unit and they will be provided for your use on the day.
You may wish to participate in further animal 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 offer:
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."