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Zoo Animal Care Certificate

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 1 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

We’ve all been on a day out at the zoo and seen the vast number of animals on display, but zoos are no longer simply collections of animals for people to visit, they play a vital role in carrying out conservation work. Captive breeding programmes, protecting endangered species, and inspiring the next generation to care and protect these animals, are all essential tasks zoos carry out on a day to day basis and you could play a vital role in this important work.

Learn the basic skills to start a career working with animals, with the possibility of progression to Level 2.


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Ideal if:

You have an interest in working with zoo animals and would like to progress onto the Level 2 Zoo Animal Care course.

You’ll need:

GCSE English and maths at grade 2, or equivalent quali‑cations at Entry Level 3.

You’ll learn:

Caring for zoo animals, animal handling, feeding and more.


Our animal management department at Duchy College Stoke Climsland will provide you with practical experience, you will also undertake work experience at Dartmoor Zoological Park where you will work with the keepers and the education team.

You’ll love:

Getting hands-on experience at Dartmoor Zoological Park and our animal management centre on campus.


Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing



Start Date

September 2019


Stoke Climsland


1 Year

Extra Information

You will also be based at Dartmoor Zoological Park.


Jo Challacombe Technician - Animal Management

Jo manages the care of a wide range of animals at Duchy College's Stoke Climsland animal care unit and supports students on further and higher education programmes, to give them the best hands-on learning experience. Jo originally trained in equitation science before broadening her experience into understanding the needs and behaviours of a range of animals from rats and snakes to centipedes and rabbits!
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

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