Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3

Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3

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Course Level

Start Date


Study Mode




Up to 2 Years

Online course with optional practical in Brighton

Course Fees




Unit 1

General health & welfare needs of captive reptiles including first aid & illness

The first unit of the reptile care course explores the welfare needs of reptiles, both in the wild and in captivity.

Learn about their core biological requirements and about common illnesses and treatments.

Unit 2

Reptiles as Pets

Reptiles are increasingly being kept as pets. This unit explores the reasons why they are so popular and also examines the legal aspects of reptile keeping.

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 Care and Welfare Course

The Reptile Care Course is a 2 unit, Level 3 certificate course that  is relevant for those passionate about the care and welfare of captive reptiles including; veterinary staff, animal charity workers, zoo keepers, pet shop owners, animal welfare officers and reptile keepers.

Caring properly for reptiles is hard work and can be complex and expensive;  for  example, captive reptiles need to be kept in environments very similar to their natural habitats  -  this involves keeping their accommodation at the correct humidity and temperature all year round.



Reptile Care and Welfare


Sadly, 70-90% of reptiles die within their first year kept in captivity. This figure is on top of the staggering 50% that died during the importation process!


This reptile care course has been designed to provide information about the welfare requirements of captive reptiles and it is suitable for anyone considering getting a reptile as a pet, those who already have reptile pets and would like to learn more about them, and for people who work with reptiles in pet shops, zoos or animal charities.


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

This course includes the opportunity to gain hands-on experience assisting sick, and injured and unwanted exotic pets at the RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre in Brighton where they rehabilitate and rehome 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 many may include some all of the following:

 Assisting with assessing of rescued or unwanted animals

 Reptile handling 

 Identification of common diseases and treatments for exotic pets

 Assisting the medical team with treatment and first aid 

 General cleaning duties, including washing clean walls/cages/floors, restocking food bins

 Feeding animals

 Casualty enrichment

 Educating prospective owners about the welfare and proper care of reptiles

 Temperature and humidity recording

Our partner charity is an animal education centre which aims to rescue rehabilitate and rehome unwanted or abandoned exotic pets with the most suitable owner. This practical provides a great opportunity to gain practical experience working with exotic pets.

Click here for more information about us and how to enrol and study this Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3