Animal Management at BCA


Animal Care and Management


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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management enables you to gain the core skills and knowledge required for working with and caring for animals. Good practical skills are really important when looking after animals. You will learn how to work safely around animals, be responsible for the planning and carrying out animal husbandry health and handling, and feeding and nutrition. You will also learn about animal behaviour, animal breeds and welfare. It explores a wide range of industry areas including animal care and management, zoos and wildlife and applied science.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Health and wellbeing, husbandry and handling
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Animal behaviours and communication
  • Breed development, breeding and welfare

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

  • Pet store management
  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Care of exotics, avians and aquatics
  • Animal nursing
  • Animal training
  • Zoo animal management
  • Wildlife and rehabilitation
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Pet allied services
  • Science – biology, biochemistry, genetics

You can choose to specialise in:

  • Animal Management
  • Zoos
  • Wildlife
  • Applied Science

It could lead to the following employment opportunities:

  • Animal care assistant
  • Kennel and cattery worker/supervisor
  • Pet store assistant/supervisor
  • Hospital care assistant
  • Wildlife assistant
  • Dog grooming assistant
  • Animal feed sales rep
  • Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
  • Trainee zoo keeper or aquarist
  • Trainee animal husbandry technician

You may wish to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Management, which allows you to combine working in a kennel or cattery, pet store, welfare centre or in a similar business, and typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider.  Or, you may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution. You could study a course such as an Animal Management Foundation Degree.

For more information, see the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management website

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