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Qualification - Certificate in Zoo Keeping

Course CodeVEN022
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
Are you interested in working in a zoo or wildlife park?
Do you need to increase your knowledge and skills to increase your employability?
Then this is the course for you. 
In this course, you will learn about -
  • Animal health care
  • Animal behaviour
  • Zookeeping
You also have the option to pick three modules from -
  • Marine studies
  • Ornithology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Animal Disease
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Herpetology
  • Natural Animal Health Care
  • Primates
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Breeding animals and much more....

This course will provide you with flexible learning experiences that will help start you on your way to a career in zoos.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in working or volunteering in a zoo or wildlife park. It is a great way to increase your knowledge and career opportunities.
Tip: While you are studying, try to get as much work experience as possible. This will not only increase your job opportunities but also your confidence with animals and provide a network of support. If you can't work in a zoo, you might want to try working at an animal shelter or petting zoo. All relevant experience is worthwhile!
Accreditation: This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Zoo Keeping.
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Zoo Keeping BEN208
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 12 modules.
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Zoology -Vertebrate BEN104
 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

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

Do you want to work in zoos and wildlife parks?
Do you need more knowledge and experience to increase your employment chances?
Then this certificate in Zookeeping is the course for you.  Increase your employability with this terrific course. 
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Meet some of our academics

Alison PearceUniversity Lecturer, Quality Assurance Manager, Writer and Research Technician. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has managed veterinary operating theatre, responsible for animal anesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures.
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.

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