Through studying this unit you will learn how to maintain the health and welfare of a range of animals. This includes identifying any signs of ill health, or signs that would suggest impending problems, and how to follow these through and fully support and monitor the animal’s recovery. You will explore animal welfare and promote good welfare standards in day- to- day situations.


Understanding normal and abnormal behaviour in animals is key to working in this sector. In this unit learners will identify behaviours and develop the skills needed to be able approach an animal in a way that reduces risk to the individual and distress for the animal. Learners will observe animals, interpret and record their behaviour. They will investigate the reasons behind abnormal behaviours in a range of animals. Learners will investigate the evolution of species-specific behaviours and how a variety of external and internal factors can influence behaviour.

Later learners will concentrate on animal communication, how it occurs and how it can reduce conflicts between animals. Learners will be made aware of all relevant health and safety procedures and follow animal welfare guidelines

This unit introduces you to the principles of natural selection and survival of the fittest, looking at Darwin’s theories of evolution and the reasons for the extinction of species over time. You will also study the history of animal domestication, the reasons for domestication and how humans have influenced the development of breeds.

You will then study common breeds of small pet animals, their characteristics and breed standards. You will look at the roles of breed societies and how they set breed standards. You will then go on to look at animal grooming, the reasons for grooming and techniques. You will learn how to groom small animals and you will learn how to use specialist equipment safely.

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This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal biology. 

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how animal’s body works. Learners will know how to classify animals into their groups, learn about the structure and function of cells, tissues and body systems such as the respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems. Finally they will study animal senses.

The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the importance of health and safety throughout land-based settings. This unit covers health and safety legislation which provides the requirements among which policies and procedures within the industry are based. Working in land-based roles is exciting and varied but operating in these environments can be dangerous and present potential risks and hazards. As part of this unit learners will look at the legislation that is in place to maintain safety, the requirements for risk assessments and how these impact on working practices. This unit also introduces learners to the basic requirements of fire prevention, safe manual handling and basic first aid.

Those who work with animals need to have an understanding of their biology in order to manage them successfully. This unit provides learners with an understanding of the principles of animal biology: the study of cells, tissues and body systems. It also covers the basics of animal nutrition and how genetic traits are passed onto the next generation.

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This unit is designed to provide the learner with an introduction to the knowledge of zoo animals and some of the requirements needed to advance a career with animal species kept in zoos and to underpin their future survival.