Practical Courses

Zookeeping Diploma Level 3

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping has been developed in consultation with zoos to meet employment criteria. This comprehensive qualification studies wildlife conservation, zoo design, zoo animal management, disease prevention, training, enrichment and more. The qualification is suitable for pursuing a career working with wildlife in zoos, safari parks, wildlife collections and other wildlife organisations. Includes 1 week Practical training at Blackpool Zoo, home to over 1,350 animals from all over the world including lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, penguins, ostriches, owls, tortoises and more.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 3


This is the Ofqual regulated qualification for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy enables students to gain employment or set up a animal hydrotherapy business - or to progress to further study in the animal hydrotherapy / physiotherapy sector. Students will gain 44 Credits at Level 3. Approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).


Marine Science Research Practical Course, Menorca


This 1 week practical course runs from May to October and takes place on a beautiful research ship in the serene bays of Menorca.  Immerse yourself  in the science on board and integrate as part of the crew. Resulting surveys and discoveries contribute directly to the management and creation of Marine Protected Areas around the globe. These expeditions are unique and authentic and have the specific objective of studying and conserving the ocean's natural and cultural treasures.

Marine Conservation Practical Course, Egypt


This 2 week practical course takes place on the undeveloped coast of the Red Sea, Egypt providing a great opportunity to get involved in many aspects of Marine Conservation. There are 3 nearby separate protected mangrove locations and extensive seagrass meadows all with an incredible depth of marine life and all unaffected by the global tourism boom. Study and monitor fringing reefs, sea grass meadows, mangroves, fossil reefs and more. This practical course includes a PADI Open Water Diving Course.

Marine Research Station Practical Course, Malaysia


This 4 week practical course takes place on a marine research station where the local village boatmen are involved in conducting daily surveys to  empower them to protect their islands. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Diving Course.

Turtle Conservation Practical Course, Malaysia


This 2 week practical course involves hands-on turtle conservation in a paradise beach location in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Snorkel these beautiful waters to take photos of turtles for research and conservation management. Assist with hatchling beach patrols and education for locals & tourists.

Rainforest Conservation Practical Course, Malaysia


This 2 week rainforest conservation course involves hands-on involvement in the protection of forest wildlife and the support of the development of the Batek tribe in Merapoh, Malaysia. Experience and learn first hand about rainforests and at the same time get involved with assisting to preserve its animals, plants and people.

Wildlife Conservation Practical Course, Indonesia


This 2 week wildlife conservation course takes place at the wildlife and orangutan volunteer project in Java, Indonesia. Rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals back to health and assist with their release to the wild – this is one of the most satisfying experiences a volunteer can have.

Dog Grooming Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is designed to assist students develop the skills and knowledge for careers running a dog grooming business or working as a dog groomer. Excellent value for money, this course includes 2 weeks practical training with a professional City and Guilds dog groomer, this provides an ideal way of gaining hands-on experience grooming a variety of different dog breeds as well as various aspects of customer care in a busy dog grooming salon.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Studies Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation studies the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife. Learn about first aid & rescue, handling & transportation, health & hygiene, wildlife recovery, rehabilitation, the safe release of wildlife and the role of wildlife rescue organisations. The course is suitable for jobs and volunteering roles involving the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured wildlife. The course includes optional practical training at a busy, award winning Wildlife Rescue Hospital that assists sick, injured and orphaned wildlife across East Sussex. Students gain hands-on experience assisting with a variety of animals that may include foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, birds and other wildlife.

Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2


The Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants is an Ofqual regulated qualification that is held in high regard in veterinary practices. The qualification provides an alternative route to GCSE’s and enhances opportunities to progress to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Practical placements can be included as part of this qualification; students can choose from 1 - 2 weeks in Cheltenham Animal Shelter (Gloucestershire), or 1 - 2 months in Lanta Animal Shelter (Thailand).

Herpetology Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Herpetology is suitable for careers working with reptiles and for reptile owners. Study reptile and amphibian origins, classification, anatomy and physiology. The course also includes information about endangered species and threats to their survival, diet & nutritional requirements, reproduction and general behaviour of frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, snakes, geckos, turtles, lizards, iguanas, tortoises, terrapins & crocodilia. The course includes optional practical training at the RSPCA Reptile Rescue centre in East Sussex.

Reptile Studies Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Reptile Care, Welfare and Ethics studies the most up to date research about the keeping of reptiles. The course is suitable for careers working with reptiles and for reptile owners. Learn about various reptile care and welfare issues including the biological requirements of reptiles, general health & welfare needs and how to recognise and respond to common illnesses and disease. The course includes optional practical training at the RSPCA Reptile Rescue centre in East Sussex. 

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Animal Rescue studies oceans as a habitat, when & how to assist marine animals affected by man made and natural disasters, first aid kit essentials, identification & record keeping, understanding animal behaviour in rescue situations, the handing, transportation, recovery, rehabilitation and safe release of marine animals. The course includes an optional practical marine mammal medic 1 day training session, covering seal rescue, dolphin rescue and whale rescue. The course is suitable for careers with marine animals and for those already involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of marine animals.

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Practical Courses

We are the largest organisation in the UK offering practical animal courses that include theory training. Practical training is an ideal way of gaining valuable hands-on experience with a variety of animals. Most of our practical placements include an accredited Level 3 course or qualification.

The practical animal courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with animals. We have many students who have gone on to rewarding and successful careers working with animals.

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