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Animal care courses

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Animal studies

Have you always wanted to care for animals? Animal care is a popular industry to work in so why not set yourself apart from the competition.

Our distance learning courses provide you with the knowledge essential for working with animals. With a diverse range to choose from such as animal behaviour, dog grooming and animal welfare courses, they can open doors for a whole host of exciting career opportunities.

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Frequently asked questions

There are different ways you can work with animals. You can study a college course and earn a qualification, complete an apprenticeship, or volunteer. Here are some of the ways you can get work experience while earning your qualification at the same time:

  • Provide pet-sitting services.
  • Apply to work at a stable or a farm.
  • Volunteer at an animal care shelter or rescue.
  • Volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation centre or zoo.
  • Work at a veterinary clinic.
  • Shadow an individual in your interested field.

The qualifications you need to work with animals will depend on which career path you want to go down. For example, the qualifications needed for dog grooming are very different to those needed to become a vet.

According to National Careers Service, when starting out as an animal care assistant, you can earn on average £14,000 per year. With more experience, you can earn up to £24,000 per year, all whilst working 38-40 hours per week.

Here are just some of the day-to-day tasks an animal care assistant may do:

  • Conduct daily checks of animals and monitor their health status.
  • Ensure that animals receive regular exercise.
  • Maintain up-to-date records and address queries from colleagues or the public.
  • Clean kennels, enclosures, cages, or stables regularly.
  • Prepare food and help with feeding times.
  • Groom and maintain the cleanliness of animals.
  • Attend to the needs of sick or distressed animals.

Our range of animal care courses

At Open Study College, we offer a wide range of animal care courses that are designed to be flexible and accessible, allowing you to pursue your career goals around your current commitments. This means you can fit your studies around your lifestyle and take control of your learning experience. We are committed to providing our students with the support and resources they need to succeed in their chosen career path. Our animal care courses are designed to be accessible, engaging, and relevant, ensuring that you get the most out of your studies and achieve your goals. So whether you’re just starting out in the industry or looking to develop your skills further, we have the perfect animal care course for you.

Animal care qualifications we offer

We offer animal care courses from a couple of different awarding bodies, which are: QLS and Open Study College.

You will have the opportunity to start from the very basics with some Level 2 courses, or if you’ve already started your animal care journey, then we also offer Level 3 and 4 courses to develop your pre-existing skills.

Online animal care courses

At Open Study College, we understand that our learners have busy lives and commitments, which is why we offer flexible animal care courses that can be studied entirely online. You can study the same animal care course that you would do in a traditional college, but with the added benefit of complete flexibility.

Our animal care courses are designed to fit around your schedule, with no set timetables or commute required. You can study whenever it suits you, wherever you like, and with 24-hour access to your course materials. This means you can balance your studies with other commitments such as work, family, or hobbies.

With Open Study College, you can simply focus on your studies and achieve you career goals without the added stress of having to adhere to a strict timetable or location-based study requirements. So if you’re looking for a flexible animal care course that fits around your life, Open Study College is the perfect choice for you.

Tutor support

When you enrol on one of our animal care courses, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you every step of the way. They will offer unlimited support and guidance to help you succeed in your course. Whether you have questions about the course material, need help with an assignment, or just want to discuss your progress, your tutor will be on hand to provide the expert support you need.

At Open Study College, we are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible learning experience, and our dedicated tutors are a key part of that commitment. With their support and guidance, you can be confident that you are getting the most out of your animal care course and achieving your goals.

Looking to speak to an adviser?

We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance-learning colleges. We provide professionally-recognised animal studies courses that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable education specialists who can help you choose the right animal studies qualifications for you.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve enrolled over 120,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our education specialists can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We’re all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

If you’d like to speak to an education specialist about our online animal studies courses, simply complete the form here and you’ll get a call back at the requested time.

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