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Animal Care One Day Course - Health and Husbandry in Small Animals - Level 1


These one-day courses can be taken individually or as a series and are designed to offer adults aged over 19 with an interest in small animal care an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of animal health and husbandry.

During the day(s), you will gain practical knowledge of caring for a specified group of small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters or rats.

You will cover the basics of animal nutrition, feeding, and housing. You will learn how to provide a balanced diet to small animals, maintain their living environment and ensure their comfort and safety.

Moreover, you will learn how to handle and health check small animals, including how to identify and treat common problems that can occur.

You will be introduced to basic veterinary concepts, such as recognising signs of illness or injury, and identifying common illnesses that affect small animals. The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practical sessions.

You will be encouraged to engage in discussions and ask questions, making the day an interactive and engaging experience. By the end of the session(s), you will have developed the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide basic care for small animals in a domestic setting.

You will also have a greater understanding of the importance of animal welfare and the responsibilities that come with animal ownership.

Start dates and fees

Start Dates

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • Saturday 25 March 2023 | 9.30am-2.30pm


  • Saturday 15 April 2023 | 9.30am-2.30pm


  • Saturday 20 May 2023 | 9.30am-2.30pm


  • £15 per day*

*Tuition fees are waived for adults aged 19 and over (on the 31 August 2022), unemployed and in receipt of qualifying benefits, or are employed and earning less than £18,525 per year.

Entry requirements

  • No prior qualifications are required to attend this course.
  • Attendees must be aged 19 or over and have a genuine interest in animal care.

How long is the course?

  • One day, 5 hours

How will I be assessed?

  • This is a non-accredited course and therefore there is no formal assessment.
  • You will be expected to actively participate in the practical sessions and engage in class discussions.


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How do I apply?

To apply, please contact Polly Wiltshire.

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