Reptile Studies Diploma

QEL Code 829
CPD 60
Estimated Study Time 60 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online/optional practical
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £499£699

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Unit # 1

What is a Reptile? Taxonomy, Biology and Physiology

The first unit of this reptile course introduces the reptile and explores its place in the animal kingdom. Evolutionary background is studied, along with how to define biological and physiological characteristics.

Unit # 2

Reptiles as pets: Legal and Ethical issues

Reptiles are now more common as pets than dogs and cats combined. Learn why reptiles are so popular and about the legalities of keeping reptiles as pets.

Unit # 3

Staying alive: General Health and Welfare needs

This unit explores the welfare needs of reptiles, both in the wild and in captivity. Learn about biological requirements, the illnesses they are prone to, as well as important treatments that prevent or cure disease.

Unit # 4

Captive breeding: Exploring the issues

Many pet reptiles were bred in captivity. This module examines the processes and procedures involved. Evaluate the implications of captive breeding on reptile conservation and welfare.

Unit # 5

For sale: An overview of the international reptile trade

This unit explores the trade networks and evaluates sources of supply and demand.

Unit # 6

Conservation: A global perspective on reptile survival

Unit 6 looks ahead to the future of reptiles. Having survived largely unchanged for millions of years, the reptile now faces unprecedented threats. Where are the greatest dangers, and what are the root causes? Most importantly, this unit explores the long-term future of reptiles.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship.

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Reptile Studies

The Reptile Course contains the most up to date research into the keeping of reptiles. It is an excellent training course for animal charity staff, vet staff, animal welfare officers, pet shop owners and all those interested in the care and welfare of reptiles.

Reptiles are increasingly popular as pets. Recent research suggests that more households keep reptiles than cats and dogs combined.

Learn all about reptile biological requirements, general health & welfare needs as well as how to recognise and respond to common illnesses and disease.

Through this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the most important reptile care and welfare issues.

This course includes a 1 – 2 week optional practical placement at the RSPCA reptile rescue centre in Brighton – working to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted or abandoned reptiles with the most suitable owner.

Reptile Care and Welfare Practical (1 or 2 weeks optional training)

This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience assisting sick, and injured an unwanted exotic pets.

Our partner charity rehabilitates and rehomes many different exotic pets including Parrots, Raccoons, Marmoset monkeys, Turtles, Snakes,Lizards and many other reptiles. Their staff and volunteers provide vital assessments and medications to all animals coming into the centre and aims to rehabilitate and rehome with the most suitable owners. Students attending this facility will gain hands-on experience assisting with the rescue care and rehoming of exotic pets.

  • The practical can be varied and may include some all of the following:
  • Assisting with the daily assessing of reptiles in this care environment
  • Animal handling and parasite identification
  • Identification of common diseases and treatments and assisting the medical team with treatment and first aid and casualty enrichment
  • General cleaning, feeding and restocking duties
  • Educating prospective owners about reptile care
  • Temperature and humidity monitoring

Animal Courses Direct accepts no liability or responsibility for practical placements advertised on our website; placements are carried out entirely at the user’s own risk and students are required to sign our waiver form and obtain their own travel insurance. Where a deposit is requested, this is non refundable. Students are required to pay course fees in full prior to attending the practical placement. Practical placement dates may change and are subject to availability, please see our T&Cs.


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