Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare / Zoo Management)

FdSc

The Foundation Degree in Animal Management is specifically designed for those already working or wanting a career in the industry. It has two pathways - Zoo Management or Behaviour and Welfare - and is designed for students wishing to study either full-time or part-time to open the door to a number of career routes and opportunities.

Course FdSc
Length Full-time: 2 Years; Part-time: 4 Years Full-time
Start date September 2013

Work based learning is an important element of the programme and modules are designed so that you are given credit for knowledge and skills developed and used within your place of work or via work experience. The captive animal management industry is rapidly developing from a low-grade, largely manual sector into a service industry meeting the broad demands of the animal owning/interested public. This programme is designed to equip you with the skills and understanding to progress within this industry and to bring scientific knowledge and principles into this rapidly modernising sector.


Why study Animal Management at Chester?

Unfortunately animals can't talk to us, so we have to learn to read their behaviour to understand their needs, and we have to apply the findings of science to provide for their welfare. This requires practical experience as well as academic understanding, which in traditional degree programmes is hard to achieve. The Foundation Degree in Animal Management has been specifically designed for study either part-time for people working in animal management environments, so they can stay in employment and earn a degree directly related to their work; or full-time for students aspiring to a career in Animal Management industries.


Features:

Students are based at Reaseheath College where the intensive animal care facilities include over 1000 animals spanning 125 domestic and exotic species, and the college has a reputation as having one of the leading teaching animal collections in the UK. It was the first college in the country to be granted a zoo licence and achieve membership of BIAZA, reflecting our very high standards of animal welfare and our commitment to education, conservation and research.

Staff have industrial as well as academic experience, ensuring close links with industry including Chester Zoo and the RSPCA, and have strong contacts for external visits and invited speakers from industry. As well as learning about domestic species of birds, mammals and fish, you will also have access to an impressive range of exotic species including two colonies of meerkats, a capybara, a troop of ring-tailed lemurs, a number of large herbivores, birds of prey, and a wide range of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

For enquiries about programme content please contact:

Suzanne Royle,

Administrator Animal Management,

Reaseheath College,

Nantwich,

Cheshire. CW5 6DF

Telephone: 01270 613222

Email: suzanner@reaseheath.ac.uk

Programme Structure

The programme pathways are comprised of a series of modules that develop and assess key, practical and professional skills, built upon academic knowledge and understanding relevant to the workplace.


Zoo Management Pathway:

Level 4 - develops essential knowledge and skills

  • Observational Techniques and Data Handling*
  • Zoos and Conservation*
  • Animal Husbandry and Handling*
  • Animal Welfare Issues*
  • Physiology and Genetics of Behaviour*
  • Applied Zoo Animal Behaviour*

Level 5 - shifts to more research-informed study

  • Research Methods*
  • Animal Health and Disease*
  • Animal Nutrition*
  • Animal Husbandry and Management 2*
  • Zoo Records and Licencing*
  • Work Based Learning*

 * Compulsory modules


Behaviour and Welfare Pathway:

Level 4 - develops essential knowledge and skills

  • Applied Ethology*
  • Applied Learning Theory*
  • Observational Techniques and Data Handling*
  • Animal Husbandry and Handling*
  • Animal Welfare Issues*
  • Physiology & Genetics of Behaviour*

Level 5 - shifts to more research-informed study

  • Research Methods*
  • Behavioural Ecology*
  • Animal Health and Disease*
  • Animal Nutrition*
  • Animal Husbandry and Management 2*
  • Work Based Learning*

* Compulsory modules

Students are taught through a mixture of formal teaching, and practical application of their knowledge and understanding to the management of animals in the facilities at Reaseheath College. Work experience is gained through working one-day per week as a keeper/carer of the animals at Reaseheath College, and students develop an extensive professional portfolio of experience to complement their more formal studies.  The programme includes a compulsory eight week work placement.

Formal teaching is organised in a variety of ways to meet the demands of the subject and to expose you to a range of learning opportunities. These range from formal lectures and laboratory practicals, to discussion seminars and individual tutorials. Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include essays and reports, work-books and portfolios, data processing and presentation, and presentations to fellow students.

UCAS points: 200-240 UCAS points
GCE A Level: Grade C in Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Applied Science
BTEC: National Diploma/Certificate in Animal Care, Animal Management or Science: merit profile
Irish/Scottish: 4 Highers at grades BBCC including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate: 26 points, including 4 in Biology or Chemistry
QAA: QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (Science), Open College Units or Open University Credits in Biology-related subject
Extra Information: Mature students with substantial experience in animal management will be considered on their experience and demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for stydy in HE