This is a 2 year full time course
About this course
The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.
You will learn a variety of subjects related to Animal Welfare. The subjects covered include: animal health and biology, anatomy and physiology, behaviour and communication, feeding, nutrition and accommodation, welfare and breed development, handling and safe working, wildlife management and rehabilitation, biochemistry and microbiology, farm livestock husbandry, inheritance and genetic manipulation, dog grooming, chemistry for biology technicians and business management.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge. It is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 9 weeks of work experience throughout the two years of study. This is arranged as 3 x 3 week blocks over the two years. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some placements (e.g. farms) may want you to start at 8.00am. Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
Throughout the year, there will also be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques and bathing and grooming. This is a compulsory part of your programme.
Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year. Towards the end of the first year, there is a 3 day residential to London (to the Royal Veterinary College, Natural History Museum and Science Museum). The cost of this is approximately £150. You will be expected to go on the residential. You will be able to pay the money in instalments before the visit takes place.
You will need to purchase some overalls. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. Recommended texts for the programme are: Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology by Aspinall & Capello (cost approximately £30) and/or the BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care Hotston Moore & Hughes (cost approximately £50). You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1Gb). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.
You are expected to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT where necessary.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals and interest in science.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.
5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language, Double Science and Maths