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Animal Care - Vocational L2 at Baxter College

Course description

If you like animals and want to work with them in the future - this course is for you! 

The new Animal Care Unit at BW6 will provide you with the gateway to a whole exciting world of animal care, welfare and behaviour. 

Content Units of Study

This is a practical and theoretical course that will teach you Animal Care Skills. You will cover basic animal care techniques and subjects that relate to working with animals in the land based industry. 

You will study units such as animal accommodation & feeds, animal health, Welfare & behaviour, animal nursing and biology. Also: 

  • Feed small animals and reptiles 
  • Understand the basic principles of animal biology. 
  • Maintain types of animal housing & bedding for small animals 
  • Maintain animal health and welfare. 
  • Contribute to the care of exotic animals 
  • Introduction to the principles and practice of animal behaviour and handling

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  • Content, units of study and how it is assessed
  • Feed small animals and reptiles
  • Understand the basic principles of animal biology
  • Maintain types of animal housing & bedding for small animals
  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Contribute to the care of exotic animals
  • Introduction to the principles and practice of animal behaviour and handling

This is a practical and theoretical course that will teach you Animal Care Skills. You will cover basic animal care techniques and subjects that relate to working with animals in the land based industry. 

You will study units such as animal accommodation & feeds, animal health, Welfare & behaviour, animal nursing and biology. 

Assessment is on-going throughout the course for practical skills and theory knowledge. You will build up a portfolio of evidence against set criteria. There is no end examination and candidates pass or do not pass. 

Progression

Into employment in the animal care sector. Future careers include employment at assistance level in a range of settings, including rare breed farm parks, animal welfare organisations, veterinary practices, kennels and catteries, wildlife parks and zoos. Onto a Level 3 qualification at school - 90 Credit Diploma in Animal Management with UCAS points - then onto Higher Education or University. 

Work Placement

Work experience will entail work in an animal rescue centre, commercial pet outlet and related animal businesses.

Entry requirements

You need a keen interest in the welfare and care of all animals and must not be afraid to get your hands dirty or clean out animal housing. 

Ideally 4 E-G grades at GCSE and a positive school reference are required. This will include an appropriate Maths and English course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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