Animal Care Training
The UK is a nation of animal lovers, with half of all households having a pet – 20 million of them in all, and that’s not including fish. Animals also play a key role in agriculture, with nearly a billion reared on farms each year according to RSPCA figures.
Working in animal care allows you to get up close and personal with all kinds of animals, from livestock and working animals, to domestic pets, always with the knowledge that you are improving their wellbeing and quality of life.
We have 26 different species of animals from small domestic animals, reptiles and farm livestock on our urban farm. This makes us the number one choice to learn and train in the animal care industry as learners gain first-hand experience from highly experienced and inspirational tutors
What does working in animal care offer?
The obvious benefit is that jobs in animal care let you work closely with all kinds of domestic and commercial animals, and always in a positive way as your role is all about looking after them.
In practice this can include jobs in pet shops, catteries and kennels, grooming, assisting veterinarians and working for local authorities as an animal welfare officer – making it a qualification with surprisingly broad reach.
What training courses are available?
ProCo offer certificates and diplomas at many different levels, starting from our Entry Level 3 right to L3 Land Based Studies courses that prepares you for higher learning or on-the-job training such as an apprenticeship. As you progress through the levels, you will work directly with animals, to learn safe handling, feeding and accommodation, as well as encountering exotic species on higher level courses.
We also offer animal care apprenticeships, which combine a teaching element with actual workplace training and experience. For many people this is a much better balance, with less academic-style learning and assessment, and it can also be a great way to line up a job ready for as soon as you qualify.
To find out more about the training and work opportunities ProCo can offer, call us today.
What can the training involve?
All too often, training in animal care involves little to no contact with actual animals – but ProCo’s study programmes are different, to make sure you encounter the species of animals you will be likely to work with throughout your future career.
This combination of theory and practical experience is assessed in a sensible way too, so if you have not done well in an academic environment in the past, the more hands-on assessment we use could help you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and gain crucial qualifications for a career in animal care.
All learners on full time study programmes who do not have a GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English will study these too.
Local opportunities and relationships
ProCo work closely with local employers and other animal care organisations to offer you the best choice of real-world experience as part of your study programme or apprenticeship.
This gives you access to animal care roles across Wigan, Leigh, Manchester, Salford and other north-west locations that would be difficult to enter without our help.
Ultimately we want all of our qualified trainees to find relevant work as soon as they leave our courses, or to progress on to a higher level study programme with ProCo to learn more specific or advanced skills.
To find out more about any of our training programmes and work placements, contact ProCo today.