Small Animal Care
The ‘Level 1 Certificate in Practical Small Animal Care Skills’ at Humphry Davy is aimed at students who enjoy learning through practical work, like the outdoors and want to work with animals, maybe at a pet store, veterinary practice, zoo or safari park. The qualification sits within Foundation Learning and is suitable for learners engaged in a personalised learning programme. Assessment is based on students presenting a portfolio of evidence; this includes written research, collecting photographic and video evidence as well as being formally observed.
Working through five units, students' learning outcomes are to:
- Assist with the care of animals, including monitoring the health and condition of the animals and providing feed and water. All work taking place in a supervised context that meets appropriate health and safety requirements.
- Be able to describe the care of animals, including monitoring the health and condition of the animals and providing feed and water, including appropriate health and safety requirements.
- Become familiar with using various watering and feeding systems, feeding individuals or groups of animals.
- Be able to assist with preparing and cleaning animal accommodation and comply with health and safety requirements.
- Cover the basic requirements and principles to feed and water animals and to clean and maintain the equipment used to do this.
- Increase knowledge about the species of wild and companion animals and how people and animals Interact.
In successfully gaining the Entry Level 1 certificate, several of our previous students have progressed in to further education and taken the level 2 qualification at college.