• BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

    This course aims to provide students with a basic introduction to animal care which could lead to employment at a junior level or to further courses.  It will help students to develop personal and administrative skills needed in this kind of work as well as providing introduction to animal care and some underpinning knowledge of biology, numeracy and communications.

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    Understanding normal and abnormal behaviour in animals is key to working in this sector. In this unit learners will identify behaviours and develop the skills needed to be able approach an animal in a way that reduces risk to the individual and distress for the animal. Learners will observe animals, interpret and record their behaviour. They will investigate the reasons behind abnormal behaviours in a range of animals. Learners will investigate the evolution of species-specific behaviours and how a variety of external and internal factors can influence behaviour.

    Later learners will concentrate on animal communication, how it occurs and how it can reduce conflicts between animals. Learners will be made aware of all relevant health and safety procedures and follow animal welfare guidelines.

  • The welfare of animals is of high importance in today’s world and is the responsibility of all those connected with animals in any way. The Five Needs Model promoted by the RSPCA with reference to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a good starting point. Having an awareness of an animal’s natural habitat will help in ensuring its welfare is maintained. This is a practical unit which develops learners’ ability to select the appropriate housing, taking into account the need for sufficient space and shelter, bedding for comfort and hygiene, furnishings for feeding, watering and enrichment. This unit will help to prepare you for the workplace as you will clean and care for the animals and maintain the housing on a regular basis.  Health and safety is also important in today’s world. Through following this unit you will learn how to work safely while cleaning and caring for animals in order to protect yourself, the animals and others around you.

  • General animal care skills are vital for anyone wishing to work within the animal care sector. Feeding animals does not just cover providing animals with food, but also the necessary equipment, how to provide and present food to the animal, feeding at different life stages, and the recording of food and water intake to monitor the general health of the animal. There are many different paths within the animal care sector, but feeding and husbandry are required at every level. The unit will prepare you for feeding a variety of species, and can be linked to healthcare and enrichment of animals by learning about different ways of presenting food to animals to mentally stimulate them.

  • Those who work with animals need to have an understanding of their biology in order to manage them successfully. This unit provides learners with an understanding of the principles of animal biology: the study of cells, tissues and body systems. It also covers the basics of animal nutrition and how genetic traits are passed onto the next generation 

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  • This unit introduces you to the principles of natural selection and survival of the fittest, looking at Darwin’s theories of evolution and the reasons for the extinction of species over time.

    You will also study the history of animal domestication, the reasons for domestication and how humans have influenced the development of breeds.

    You will then study common breeds of small pet animals, their characteristics and breed standards. You will look at the roles of breed societies and how they set breed standards.

     You will then go on to look at animal grooming, the reasons for grooming and techniques. You will learn how to groom small animals and you will learn how to use specialist equipment safely.

  • Through studying this unit you will learn how to maintain the health and welfare of a range of animals. This includes identifying any signs of ill health, or signs that would suggest impending problems, and how to follow these through and fully support and monitor the animal’s recovery. You will explore animal welfare and promote good welfare standards in day- to- day situations. 

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  • Through studying this unit you will learn how to maintain the health and welfare of a range of animals. This includes identifying any signs of ill health, or signs that would suggest impending problems, and how to follow these through and fully support and monitor the animal’s recovery. You will explore animal welfare and promote good welfare standards in day- to- day situations.

     

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  • Work experience is an important part of any vocational course.  Students on vocational courses should have experience of the type of work that they hope to do and an idea of the expectations of those who may employ them.  Work related experience should not just involve actually undertaking activities in a work environment. Talking to, listening to and watching those with experience of particular industries and/or situations is a very valid way of beginning to understand the work involved and what is required of the employee.

               

  • Understanding normal and abnormal behaviour in animals is key to working in this sector. In this unit you will identify behaviours and develop the skills needed to be able approach an animal in a way that reduces risk to the individual and distress for the animal. You will observe animals, interpret and record their behaviour and investigate the reasons behind abnormal behaviours in a range of animals. You will investigate the evolution of species-specific behaviours and how a variety of external and internal factors can influence behaviour.  Later you will concentrate on animal communication, how it occurs and how it can reduce conflicts between animals. You will be made aware of all relevant health and safety procedures and follow animal welfare guidelines.

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    General animal care skills are vital for anyone wishing to work within the animal care sector. Feeding animals does not just cover providing animals with food, but also the necessary equipment, how to provide and present food to the animal, feeding at different life stages, and the recording of food and water intake to monitor the general health of the animal. There are many different paths within the animal care sector, but feeding and husbandry are required at every level.

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    The welfare of animals is of high importance in today’s world and is the responsibility of all those connected with animals in any way. The Five Needs Model promoted by the RSPCA with reference to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a good starting point. Having an awareness of an animal’s natural habitat will help in ensuring its welfare is maintained. This is a practical unit which develops learners’ ability to select the appropriate housing, taking into account the need for sufficient space and shelter, bedding for comfort and hygiene, furnishings for feeding, watering and enrichment. This unit will help to prepare learners for the workplace as they will clean and care for the animals and maintain the housing on a regular basis. Health and safety is also important in today’s world. Through following this unit learners will learn how to work safely while cleaning and caring for animals in order to protect themselves, the animals and others around them.