Animal Housing & Welfare of caged animals
Reptiles and small animals are increasingly being kept as pets. Unfortunately, often people assume that these animals are easy to look after and that they make good pets for children. This is not the case as reptiles, and small animals require specialised care.
It is also important to consider that while an enclosure may be the right size when the animal is initially obtained, many animals such as reptiles grow very large over a short period of time and this soon means that the enclosure is too small for the animal. This causes immense stress, behavioural problems, illness and unnecessary suffering.
It is for this reason that we have developed this Animal Housing Course. If reptiles and small animals are to be kept as pets, it is crucial that their accommodation needs are properly considered. Living in confinement is not natural for any animal and many will spend all their time trying to escape (causing injury and distress). Ensuring high standards of accommodation and environmental enrichment is an essential part of keeping small animals and reptiles and this course is relevant for pet owners and those working with reptiles and small animals in zoos and for animal charities.