NC Animal Care - Full Time
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at those wanting a solid foundation in animal care studies. The course aims to build a strong grounding of knowledge and understanding, supported by a range of practical activities in the Animal Care Unit.
What entry requirements will I need?
For Progressing Students: Candidates who have successfully completed all units on the Introduction to Animal Care programme and achieved all essential skills at Level 4 (Intermediate 1) or above may apply but entry is not guaranteed. Acceptance onto the course will also be based upon your attendance, performance and enthusiasm on the introductory course along with a satisfactory reference from your tutors on the introductory course. For New students: Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate previous experience or enthusiasm with animals. You should have achieved at least two General and one Credit Level Standard Grades (Grades 3 or 4) or Credit level Standard Grades or an equivalent. For all applicants: Entry on to the programme will be based on an interview, your existing qualifications and evidence of your own motivation and enthusiasm. Final selection will be based at the tutor’s judgement of your suitability for the programme.
How and where will I study?
This highly popular course is taught in both a classroom and practical setting by well-qualified, experienced staff including a veterinary surgeon. You will study for one year full-time; however there are opportunities to study individual units from the course. The programme is based on the main College campus in Arbroath
What will I study on this course?
You will study topics such as Feeding, Accommodation & Handling, Breeding of Small Animals and Caring for their Young along with science-based subjects such as Anatomy & Physiology and Parasitology. In your practical classes, you will undertake routine health care and feeding and handling techniques for small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, aviary birds and reptiles. You will be expected to become proficient at handling the full range of animals in our animal care facility.
Job and progression routes?
Examples of possible employment opportunities may include Care Assistant working in boarding establishments, SSPCA, Guide Dogs or pet shops. Successful students showing a high degree of motivation may be able to progress on to the HNC or HND Animal Care at Angus College (see separate entry requirements).