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Animal Care (Level 2)

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1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

If you are ambitious about working with animals then this course is for you. The new industry-leading Animal Resource Centre at Lackham is a truly inspiring environment for learning. Modern, zoo-standard vivaria, aviaries and enclosures form a high-welfare environment and provide the perfect classroom, giving you industry experience reinforced by the specialist technical, practical skills and knowledge to go far in the animal industry. You’ll practise routine animal handling on a weekly basis, developing your skills in domestic and exotic animal care, a valuable experience for employment. The new Animal Centre is also an approved OSCE exam centre, equipped to deliver Veterinary Nursing and higher education qualifications, and includes a Blue Cross Cat Re-homing centre and a grooming parlour – whatever your goal, take your ambitions further with Lackham’s incredible range of resources.

two female animal care students examining a dog
female animal care student holding a guinea pig
two lemurs staring
two female animal care students examining a dog
female animal care student holding a guinea pig
two lemurs staring

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to work safely in the industry, and start building your knowledge in animal health and welfare, behaviour, handling and biology, giving you the tools for further study and the foundation for a rewarding career working with animals. Practical experience forms a core part of the qualification, and you’ll combine fundamental academic study with hands-on experience in Lackham’s extensive Animal Resource Centre. The Centre houses an extensive range of domestic and exotic animals ranging from reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates and more. You will also find an array of animals living outdoors around the centre, including several species of birds, ferrets, chickens, lemurs and racoons.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science. Where there is no Science, successful completion of a related subject at Level1 is accepted.

• Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals

• Reference

• Interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care & Welfare.

Assessment is by written and practical assignments, and industry-based assessments.

You will be expected to gain 150 hours of industry experience.

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing is available to purchase from the online College shop, and must be worn during all practical sessions.

You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment.

Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme, allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.

You will be expected to cover the cost of trips and other enrichment activities via the College shop.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Zookeeper
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Aquatic Ecologist

  • Conservationist
  • Veterinary Practice Manager
  • Animal Behaviourist

  • Animal Care/Rescue Centre Worker

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