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.


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 19 modules.
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Aquarium Management BEN105
 Communications VWR100
 Introduction To Ecology BEN101
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Animal Disease BAG219
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Animal Welfare BAG224
 Carnivore Zoology BEN219
 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
 Marupials Biology and Management BEN303

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


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.

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