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Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Zoo Keeping

Course CodeVEN023
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate
Learning about Zoo Keeping gives you a head start for working with captive animals in any situation

Build your knowledge and understanding in:

  • Animal health care
  • Zoo keeping 
  • Vertebrate zoology
  • Animal behaviour
With the choice of four electives which can move your focus from anywhere between marine animals and wildlife conservation.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Zoo Keeping.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Vertebrate Zoology BEN104
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Zoo Keeping BEN208
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 15 modules.
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Communications VWR100
 Introduction To Ecology BEN101
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Animal Disease BAG219
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Herpetology BEN209
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218
 Primates BEN210
 Wildlife Conservation BEN206
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Breeding Animals BAG301
 Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Zoo Keeping is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Why do we have Zoos?

 
With changing attitudes towards zoos over the past 30 years, zoos have had to reconsider their purpose and function. Zoos now have to justify their reasons for keeping animals in captivity.  Many zoos now recognise three main reasons for keeping animals in zoos, other than for recreational purposes. These are:

• Conservation
• Education
• Research

RESEARCH AND ZOOS

Having intimate access to a variety of animals, zoos are in the desirable position of being able to conduct research and acquire knowledge of these animals and how they live. Research undertaken in zoos is an important part of their conservation strategies. It is now a legal requirement in the UK for zoos to be involved in research that help meet conservation goals. Many of the larger zoos are involved in research which covers a wide range of areas such as:

  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Husbandry Techniques
  • Visitor Experiences
  • Cooperative Research into Conservation of Threatened Species
  • Recovery of Wildlife
  • Genetics
  • Reproduction
  • Self Assessment – how the zoo can improve particular functions.

Many of these zoos share their research information with other zoos and wildlife researchers. This is very important for the improved welfare of both captive and wild animals as well as increasing the effectiveness of zoos. Research can also form the basis for educational resources provided to zoo visitors and the general public.

If you have any questions, then please contact us on [email protected] or +44384442752


Meet some of our academics

Dr Robert BrowneZoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
Barbara SeguelTeacher and Researcher, Marine Scientist, Tourism and Outdoor recreation guide, Health and Safety Coordinator & Production Manager for Fisheries, National Park Staff/Farmer, Laboratory technical aide, Zoo, Wildlife and Marine Park assistant. Barbara has worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. Barbara has a B.Sc. Marine (Academic degree) and M.Sc Aquaculture Engineering.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.


Check out our eBooks

Animal PsychologyComparative Animal Psychology. This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in understanding animals better; students, animal owners and anyone who works with animals.
Marine AnimalsA heavily illustrated text with seven chapters including: classification, fishes, sea birds, marine reptiles, marine mammals, marine invertebrates, and zooplankton. 110 pages, 133 colour photos
Animal HealthA book for anyone interested in animal health, from pet owners to farmers. Contents cover understanding health issues, disease and injury prevention, inspecting animals, differential diagnosis and common illnesses. Animals can suffer from injury, poisoning, hereditary conditions, nutritional problems and viral, bacterial and fungal infections. 77 pages.
Caring for DogsThis book is jam packed full of practical advice and up to the minute information every dog owner needs! You will explore fundamentals of nutrition and health; parasites and illness; breeds and reproduction; training and behaviour management! Understand how your dog thinks and what your dog wants you to know. Try techniques to overcome behaviour problems! This is a book for dog owners, students and anyone interested in working with dogs. 79 pages