Course Title ABC Level 1 Practical Small Animal Care
Level: 1
Code 15

Overview of the Course

This course enables you to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support those interested in working in the animal care sector. This qualification provides a practical introduction. You will gain work-related skills in the area of animal care, gain insight into core activities within the sector, and prepare for further training. You will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following: • How to assist with the care of animals, including relevant animal welfare legislation, minimising stress and injury to the animals, and keeping people and animals safe whilst working • The principles of animal care, including monitoring the health of animals, providing feed and water, and workplace health and safety requirements • Optional units include: Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals, Animals in the wild and in society and assist with the handling and restraint of animals You will be assessed by written coursework and observation of your skills during practical activities.

What topics will I study?

The topics covered include:

  • Assist with the care of animals
  • Principles of the care of animals
  • Maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
  • Animals in the wild and in society
  • Recognise types and parts of the body of small animals
  • Check that a small animal is healthy

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is designed for anyone interested in working in the animal care sector.


You can progress onto the ABC Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistants course.

What are the entry requirements?

You will be asked to attend an initial interview with the course lecturer.


Five months.


Five months from commencement.


You will attend class once a week on 6pm – 9pm. Full attendance is essential.



Additional Information?

Contact Lisa Clarke via email

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