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Animal Care

Are you seeking hands-on experience with animals? Do you have a strong desire to learn from experienced professionals?

Our full-time courses, in collaboration with institutions such as West Midland Safari Park, Wild Zoological Park, Wolverley Animal Centre, and Sugar Loaf Equestrian Centre, have been crafted to offer you immersive practical experience across a diverse range of animals. You will be guided by qualified industry professionals with extensive expertise.

Whether your aspiration lies in becoming a zookeeper, dog groomer, or stable hand, we have the ideal course to help you achieve your goals!

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What can I study?

Animal Care - Level 1

Explore the basics of animal care on our Animal Care - Level 1 course!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Safari Academy

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Animal Care - Level 2

Expand on your animal care knowledge at West Midland Safari Park's Safari Academy through Kidderminster College!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024

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Animal Care - Level 3

Gain real-life experience of working in a zoo with our Animal Care - Level 3 course at West Midland Safari Park!

Length: 2 Years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Safari Academy

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Equine Care - Level 1

Get started in the equine industry with our Equine Level 1 course!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Kidderminster College

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Equine Care - Level 2

Explore more about Equine care on our Equine course!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Kidderminster College

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Equine Care - Level 3

Expand on your equine knowledge with our Level 3 Equine course!

Length: 2 Years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Kidderminster College

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Work-Based Animal Care - Level 2

Get into the animal care industry with our Work-Based Animal Care course!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Kidderminster College

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Work-Based Animal Care - Level 3

Explore more about the animal industry with our Level 3 Work-Based Animal Care course!

Length: 1 Year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
Location: Kidderminster College

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What can I do with a qualification in Animal Care?

Daily tasks:

  • Maintains records, raises and forwards reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.
  • Carries out expert witness work and undertakes teaching of veterinary students.
  • Performs ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain, and animal post-mortem examinations.
  • Performs tasks relating to food safety policy, regulation of veterinary drugs, quality control of veterinary products.
  • Euthanases old, sick, terminally ill and unwanted animals.
  • Investigates outbreaks of animal diseases and advises owners on feeding, breeding and general care.
  • Administers local or general anaesthetics and performs surgery.
  • Inoculates animals against communicable diseases.
  • Examines animals, diagnoses condition and prescribes and administers appropriate drugs, dressings, etc., and arranges or undertakes any necessary x-ray or other tests.

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Daily tasks:

  • Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.
  • Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises.
  • Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records.
  • Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples.
  • Handles animals during treatment.
  • Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian.
  • Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required.
  • Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals.

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Daily tasks:

  • Patrols public areas to search for and capture stray or nuisance dogs, and transports captured animals to kennels.
  • Meets prospective owners and advises on animal selection and animal care.
  • Checks animals for illness, treats minor ailments or calls for vet if further treatment is required.
  • Houses, feeds, exercises, trains, grooms horses, dogs and other animals in preparation for entry to shows, races and other events.
  • Cleans animals.
  • Feeds, washes, grooms, trims and exercises animals.

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Daily tasks:

  • Carries out maintenance on farm buildings, hedges, ditches and erects and repairs fences.
  • Moves and handles livestock and tends them during birth and rearing of young.
  • Treats minor ailments and assists veterinary surgeon as required.
  • Cleans barns, sheds, pens, yards, incubators and breeding units and sterilises milking and other equipment as necessary.
  • Weighs and measures foodstuffs, feeds animals and checks them for any signs of disease.
  • Cultivates growing crops by hoeing, spraying and thinning as necessary.
  • Operates farm machinery to prepare soil, fertilise and treat crops.

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What can I do with a qualification in Animal Care?

How can I progress?

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