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The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of the role and systems of the modern zoological collection. The unit includes the role of the modern zoo, techniques used to improve the lives of zoo animals, the systems for effective zoo operation and features of sound zoo animal husbandry.

Throughout the unit, the delivery should be focused on aspects of health and safety (eg. size, toxicity and disease transmission) incorporated when working with dangerous animal species and those subject to zoo Licensing Act (1981). It will enable learners to develop safe working practices and behavioural competence as is appropriate and possible within the context in which they are working. It is anticipated that on completion of the unit learners could progress to more advanced study in the subject.


The purpose of this unit is for learners to identify and conduct surveys of wildlife habitats and ecosystems. It will consider fluctuations in ecosystems and the reasons for these fluctuations, both natural and human influenced. Learners will also understand the wildlife populations within ecosystems, the interactions between these and the conservation strategies used to preserve ecosystems


Exotic animal ownership has increased in popularity in recent years, and as more varied species become available this increase is set to continue. This unit provides the knowledge and skills to competently handle and manage exotic animal species in a captive environment.

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of exotic animal health and husbandry and how these can be put into practice.

The unit will provide learners with an understanding of the husbandry and management of exotic animals in captivity. It covers health, welfare, reproduction, handling, restraint, nutrition and feeding.


The purpose of this unit is for learners to gain an understanding of how pet stores are designed, managed and find out the husbandry requirements of animals being sold. The learner will be able to identify both livestock and non-livestock products and their sources, methods of stock control and the ethics surrounding this. Learners will also cover marketing of pet stores and all relevant legislations.  Learners will gain an understanding of good customer service and be able to deal with a range of store related scenarios in preparation for future employment.


The purpose of this unit is for learners to identify the career and employment opportunities within the animal care industry. As part of this unit, learners will be required to understand what is involved in becoming self-employed with a focus on dog walking and pet sitting as examples of small businesses within the industry.

It is important that the learner understands current legislation and Codes of Practice in relation to animal health and welfare.