Nutrition is an integral part of animal husbandry. Providing animals with the appropriate feeds in the correct quantities, taking into account factors such as species, breed, age, activity level and age, requires an understanding of the fundamentals of animal nutrition. This unit provides knowledge of the main components of an animal's diet and the requirements for a balanced diet as well as their nutritional value and the detrimental effects of dietary imbalances.

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of animal handling and safe working and how these can be applied in practice. You will gain an understanding of the health and safety implications of handling, restraining and moving animals and you will display how to handle and restrain a number of animals and also carry out practical animal grooming for different animals.

Feeding animals is a vital husbandry skill when caring for all types of animals. You will develop the skills needed to provide food to animals safely, in a way that adheres to animals welfare and health and safety requirements, and to plan and monitor animal feeding regimes. With animal nutrition being at the forefront of media concerns over welfare, for example issues such as obesity, it is very important for those of us working within the animal care industry to know the correct was to feed a variety of animals.

You will relate to a range of animal species during this unit including pets and animals we have here at LMC as well as animal species in zoos and wildlife facilities.

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In this unit you will be provided with an understanding of the principles of kennel and cattery management and how these can be put into practice. Working in kennels and catteries is increasingly popular amongst animal carers, in relation to boarding establishment, rescue centres and breeding collections. Cats and dogs are still the most popular pets in the UK. By studying this unit you will learn about the different practices, procedures specialist techniques and kennel and cattery design to enable you to gain an understanding of the general workings of a kennel and cattery and an understanding of supervisory or management roles within these establishments.