In year one, students learn about animal feeding and nutrition, animal health (including diseases, disorders, preventative care and animal treatments), animal accommodation as well as animal welfare and breed development (the domestication of animals,
the roles of animals in society, animal welfare
legislation and the role of animal welfare organisations.) Additional units cover animal handling techniques, aquatics management (commonly kept fish species, their biology, feeding regimes, healthcare, tank and pond maintenance) and
animal behaviour, focussing on the body language, evolution, communication and lifestyle across a broad range of animals.
Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can develop their interests during the second year of their programme. Units include kennel and cattery management, animal training and the principles of animal biology (cell structures, animal tissues, skeletal
system and sensory organs). Additional units cover
animal health and husbandry, with a focus on both zoo animals and exotics (diversity of exotic species and their biology, establishment and maintenance of accommodation, feeding, handling and health checks.)
At the Preston centre there will be the opportunity for those on the two-year Diploma to follow one of two dedicated ‘routes’ during the second year. Those with a specific interest in domestic species can focus on dogs and cats, with the
opportunity to study kennel and cattery management, animal training and dog grooming. Those with an interest in more unusual species can study on the route that mainly focuses on exotic animal health and husbandry, zoo animal health
and husbandry and wildlife and rehabilitation.
Students on the two-year Diploma also undertake a work experience placement. It is imperative that they find a suitable work placement before they start the course. Popular options include veterinary practices, boarding kennels, pet shops or grooming parlours.
Further information about placements will be provided following your application.
In addition to obtaining the Level 3 qualification, students on the Subsidiary Diploma also undertake the ABC Level 2 Award in Practical Animal Care Skills, whilst those on the two-year Diploma undertake the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal