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Animal Management - Level 3 Extended Diploma at Easton & Otley College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management is a full-time nationally recognised vocational course that is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The course is suited to students who are seeking managerial/supervisory employment in the animal care industry or to progress into Higher Education.

The course offers students an opportunity to work with a range of animals including dogs, rodents, reptiles and farm livestock.

Students must complete 300 hours work experience in the animal care industry alongside their attendance at college to achieve the full qualification.

Typical placements may include kennels, catteries, pet shops, farms, farm parks, zoos, animal sanctuaries, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices. T

he course offers a blend of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry.

Course content

Course content includes some optional modules (subject to change):

Year 1

  • Animal Biology, Animal Feeding, Animal Handling , Animal Health, Breed Development & Welfare, Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Accommodation, Animal Behaviour, Animal Nutrition, Work Related Experience

Students may select options in year 2 depending on availability and campus:

Year 2

  • Animal Breeding & Genetics, Exotics Management, Principles of Animal Nursing, Business Management, Fundamentals of Science, Principles of Chemistry for Biological & Medical Science, Biochemistry & Microbiology, Investigative Project, Retail Merchandising, Practice of Wildlife Population Surveys, Ecology & Conservation, Estate Skills, Wildlife Management & Rehabilitation, Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry, Aquatics Management, Kennel & Cattery Management, Pet Shop Management, Dog Grooming, Animal Collections, Farm Livestock Husbandry

Entry requirements

This course is suited to students who hold

  • four GCSEs at Grade A-C including Maths, English and Science
  • or hold a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Merit Level, plus Functional Skills at Level 2.
  • Other Level 2 qualifications are accepted and must be at merit profile plus Science and Maths GCSE at Grades A-C.

Future opportunities

Students can progress onto the FdSc Animal Science & Welfare or FdSc Wildlife Management & Conservation or alternative courses in Higher Education.

Alternatively, students may seek employment in animal welfare and rescue centres, animal sanctuaries, pet retail outlets, zoos and safari parks, veterinary practices, kennels and catteries and dog grooming parlours. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easton & Otley College directly.

Last updated date: 08 April 2016

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