Always wanted to work with animals? Get to grips with the basics of animal care and look forward to a fulfilling career. There’s more to this course than classroom work. You’ll be learning by doing - handling the animals in the College’s collection of small mammals and exotic species, undertaking work experience placements and going on visits such as to Blackpool Zoo, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Whirlow Hall Farm
What you will study
Mandatory units are:
• Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
• Animal Feeding & Accommodation
• Animal Behaviour and Handling
• Working in the Animal Care Industry
• Health & Safety for Land-based Industries
• Animal Breeds and Grooming
• Care of Exotic Animals
• British Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation
• Caring for Zoo Animals
You will also gain an insight into careers in the animal care industry by carrying out research, visiting animal establishments and listening to guest speakers.
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.
5 GCSEsA*-D or 9-3, including English or Maths or equivalent
Appropriate Level 1 qualification, plus Level 1 English and maths or equivalent
Many students who gain a Merit grade progress on to the Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management delivered at Wakefield College.
Kennel assistant, animal nursing assistant, animal groomer, pet shop assistant and zookeeper are just some possibilities. You could work in boarding kennels and catteries, veterinary practices, charities such as the RSPCA, Guide Dogs for the Blind or wildlife sanctuaries, grooming parlours, pet shops, zoos and wildlife parks.