Extended Diploma Animal Management

Level 3 Year 1

 Course handbook

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management Yr 1

    This two year diploma will provide students with a knowledge base for a range of careers in the animal care industry. It will provide specialised studies relevant to individual vocations and professions within the industry and help students to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in working life.


  • Feeding animals is a vital husbandry skill when caring for all types of animals. You will develop the skills needed to provide food to animals safely, in a way that adheres to animals welfare and health and safety requirements, and to plan and monitor animal feeding regimes. With animal nutrition being at the forefront of media concerns over welfare, for example issues such as obesity, it is very important for those of us working within the animal care industry to know the correct was to feed a variety of animals.

    You will relate to a range of animal species during this unit including pets and animals we have here at LMC as well as animal species in zoos and wildlife facilities.

    TUTOR EMAIL : e.ashworth@lmc.ac.uk

  • This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of animal handling and safe working and how these can be applied in practice. You will gain an understanding of the health and safety implications of handling, restraining and moving animals and you will display how to handle and restrain a number of animals and also carry out practical animal grooming for different animals.

  • Nutrition is an integral part of animal husbandry. Providing animals with the appropriate feeds in the correct quantities, taking into account factors such as species, breed, age, activity level and age, requires an understanding of the fundamentals of animal nutrition. This unit provides knowledge of the main components of an animal's diet and the requirements for a balanced diet as well as their nutritional value and the detrimental effects of dietary imbalances.

  • In this unit you will develop important knowledge and skills that relate to employment in the Land-based sector.

    You will benefit from experience of the type of work that you might hope to do in the future and an idea of the expectations of those who may employ you. Work-based experience will be gained as part of an industrial placement whilst at college.

    You will plan for work experience, setting aims and objectives. You will also keep a log book of your work experience.

    At the end of your placment you will review and evaluate your work experience and look at what you can take from it.

    There are 2 assignments to be completed for this unit.

  • Whilst studying this unit, you will learn how to survey, monitor and manage wildlife populations in situ as well as assess wildlife casualties and plan for their successful rehabilitation and release back into the wild. You will also discuss the issues between humans and wildlife that often lead to conflict between the two.

  • Whilst studying this unit, you will be shown how to recognise the signs of good and ill health in animals and evaluate these as indictors of health status. You will carry out health checks on animals and produce animal health plans. The structure and role of pathogenic organisms will be examined and prevention and treatment of a range of diseases and disorders. You will also be shown how to carry out routine and non-routine treatments for animals.

  • This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the prinicple of animal accommodation and how these can be applied in practice. You will be able to plan and select suitable accommodation for animals, be able to prepare animal housing and maintain species specific accommodation. You will evealuate animal accommodation for a range fo species, report the findings and make recommendations for improvments.


  • Animal behaviour is a popular area of study within the animal care sector. Anyone working with animals needs to know and understand both normal and abnormal, behaviour and their triggering factors, in order to care for animals properly and to respond correctly to enquiries from the public. This knowledge and understanding is necessary to enable effective working practices, and also to help ensure the safety and welfare of the animals and those who live or work with them. Learners will gain knowledge of how abnormal behaviour can occur and how to identify and record many different behaviours.The unit also focuses on animal communication, both within and between species.

  • This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of evolution, how animals evolved and the processes of domestication.  You will investigate the uses of animals in human society and the welfare issues that can arise from this.  You will have a working knowledge of the current UK animal welfare legislation and the organisations that aim to promote animal welfare.