Extended Diploma Animal Management 

Level 3 Year 2

Course handbook

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management Yr 2

    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.


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    In this unit you will be provided with an understanding of the principles of kennel and cattery management and how these can be put into practice. Working in kennels and catteries is increasingly popular amongst animal carers, in relation to boarding establishment, rescue centres and breeding collections. Cats and dogs are still the most popular pets in the UK. By studying this unit you will learn about the different practices, procedures specialist techniques and kennel and cattery design to enable you to gain an understanding of the general workings of a kennel and cattery and an understanding of supervisory or management roles within these establishments.


  • This is a practical session where you will be working in small groups during a timetabled slot on a rota basis. You will be undertaking animal husbandry under supervision from Neil and/or Roxie. You may be working outside, so you should make sure that you come suitably dressed for practical work (e.g. waterproof coat, wellies, steel toe capped boots etc). You should meet at the animal care/science prep room at the appropriate time. The rota will be displayed on the animal care notice board. Some assessments may also take place during this session.

  • This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal breeding and genetics.


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    It is important that those working within the animal industries have an understanding of the science behind breeding as well as the skills required to responsibly select and manage breeding and juvenile animals.
  • Research projects are often undertaken within the environmental and land-based industries in order to create or improve a product, service or process. The ability to undertake or assist in such a project requires important skills that will influence the project’s success. This unit gives learners the opportunity to develop project management skills by investigating a chosen topic area through a project of their choice. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit will link to and enhance most of the other units learners take as part of their programme of study.


  • Many people are fascinated by zoo animals and zoos form a very popular part of UK and overseas tourism and pleasure activities. Zoos also play a critical part in educating the public about creatures that they would not normally come into contact with. They are also involved in, breeding endangered species, research and conservation. To enable zoos to provide these factors, staff have to be fully trained in looking after the health and husbandry of a wide variety of species. This unit provides an introduction to the housing and accommodation needs, restraint and handling techniques, health and welfare requirements, and nutrition and feeding of zoo animals.

  • The understanding of the basic principles of ecology is fundamental to a wide range of conservation and countryside management issues. This unit explores the fundamental principles that govern the relationships between organisms and their environment. It provides the background knowledge that is necessary to help you  to appreciate the ecological interactions that will help them to manage natural resources with efficiency and sensitivity.

  • The keeping of exotic animal species has become extremely popular in recent years and this looks set to continue. An understanding of the principles involved in successfully maintaining exotic species is therefore essential for anyone working in the animal management industry. This knowledge is necessary to ensure the welfare of captive exotic animals and to advise new owners on the responsibilities attached to owning such creatures.

    This unit provides the knowledge and skills required to successfully maintain a range of exotic species in captivity. Animal welfare and health and safety issues will be stressed during the delivery of this unit.

  • Animal managers, technicians and veterinary nurses need to understand anatomical and physiological systems in order to deal with the situations they are likely to face in their jobs on a daily basis. This allows for more effective animal management and health monitoring, including any malfunction or imbalance of the systems which have a negative effect on animals’ wellbeing. These systems have evolved in accordance with each animal’s natural environment.

    This unit provides an overview of some of the main anatomical and physiological systems, their regulation and control, and how these systems have adapted to the animal’s environment.  

  • In this unit you will study the internal processes of animals and the environment in which they live.

    It is important when working in the animal industry, that you have a basic understanding of Biochemistry and Microbiology.

    You will learn some basic cellular chemistry which will help you appreciate the physiological demands on an animal’s body.

    You will also gain an awareness of micro-organisms in order to understand their impact on both the environmental and physiological management of an animal

  • Pet stores and their employees are very often the first and only source of information a customer will use when seeking advice on the care, health or behaviour of their pet. The ability of employees to provide accurate advice on livestock and non-livestock products, as well as possessing excellent customer service skills, will lead to the success and profitability of the pet store.

    This unit aims to introduce learners the skills and knowledge associated with pet store management and how these can be applied in practice.

    Learners will be able to design a suitable layout for a pet store and discuss the husbandry requirements of the animals sold within the pet store. Learners will be able to identify livestock and non-livestock products and their sources. The marketing of and legislation relating to pet stores will be explored.

  • Understanding the principles of keeping fish in aquaria is vital for anyone working in the animal care and management industry where fish are involved. This includes fish sold in the retail or wholesale trade or kept as one group in a zoo or wildlife park’s animal collection. Those employed in the industry need these skills to ensure the welfare of captive fish is maintained, to build display systems and to advise customers in an appropriate manner. 

    This unit provides the technical knowledge and practical skills needed for the upkeep of fish stocks in the aquaria they live in. Animal welfare and health and safety will be stressed throughout the unit.

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