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Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Wild Animal Studies VEN101

Course CodeVEN101
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Study this Foundation Diploma as a way to improve your knowledge of wild animals, wildlife conservation, wildlife management, primates and more. 

Do you work with animals?
Do you want to make sure that animals in zoological parks are healthy and happy?
This course provides a detailed grounding to working in zoos, safari parks, aquariums or fauna sanctuaries.
You will cover many aspects of zoo work such as:  
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Care
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Enrichment - Environmental and Feeding 
  • Captive Breeding
  • Optimum Enclosure Design 
  • Research and Conservation
  • Educating the Public


The Foundation Diploma consists of 8 Core Modules, plus a further 2 Elective Modules, enabling students to study in more detail their chosen areas of interest.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Wild Animal Studies VEN101.
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Zoology -Vertebrate BEN104
 Herpetology BEN209
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Primates BEN210
 Wildlife Conservation BEN206
 Wildlife Management BEN205
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 0 of the following 5 modules.
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Carnivore Zoology BEN219
 Zoo Keeping BEN208
 Breeding Animals BAG301

Note that each module in the Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Wild Animal Studies VEN101 is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

How The Course Works

You can start the course at any time.  It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. This doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies; 0ur highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

To complete the course, you are required to study 10 modules, giving a total of approximately 1,000 hours of study.

There is an assignment at the end of each lesson.  Students will submit the assignments to their tutor for marking.  The tutor provides feedback on their work and, if appropriate, will recommend further reading.

At the end of each module, there is also an examination which you can take at a time and location to suit you.

To pass the course you are required to pass all assignments and ten exams.

If you are not sure about going straight to the Foundation Diploma, you can study each of the modules mentioned as a standalone course. Please click on the links for more information.





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Meet some of our academics

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.
Working with AnimalsIf you enjoy interacting with animals, are interested in biological science, or are passionate about wildlife, pets or farming; you may thrive in the type of jobs outlined in this book. Get to know more about the industries and the occupations that you could do. The Working with Animals ebook is a comprehensive catalogue to inspire you in your career in working with animals!