Animal Management at BCA


Animal Care and Management


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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management

This qualification is for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the animal care industry.  It gives you the opportunity to study a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge that build upon the core animal management skills.

This includes how to work safely around animals, be responsible for the planning and carrying out of animal husbandry, health and handling, and feeding and
nutrition. You will also learn about animal behaviour, animal breeds and welfare and animal biology. You can then learn further specialist skills such as caring for exotics, birds or fish, or skills for working in a kennels and cattery or a pet store.

Learners will explore 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.

You may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution. You could study courses such as:

  • Animal Management Foundation Degree
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management with Wildlife Conservation

For more information, look at the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management website

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