If you love animals then working with them can be a really enjoyable way to spend your day. At Nacro you will learn about the practical side of looking after domestic and farm animals. You can also learn about their nutrition and biology. It’s all really hands on so you’ll have lots of experience to rely on when you start work.

Age groups

14-16, 16-18

What courses can I choose?

CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
Animal Care1 & 2Certificate, extended certificate or diplomaCity & Guilds

About the course

Animals are known for their therapeutic benefits, so what better subject to study than one which will reduce stress and anxiety while obtaining a qualification? Students can achieve a Level 1 Animal Care qualification. The course covers the care of small animals, including their dietary requirements, maintaining accommodation, health checking and general running of an animal care unit. 

What qualification will I have?

Depending on which course you take, you’ll have a certificate, an extended certificate or a diploma.

How do I complete the course?

You’ll be assessed through practical skills and assignments.

What can I do next?

With your qualification, you could apply for jobs including:

  • Veterinary assistant
  • Animal care worker
  • Kennel worker
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Dog groomer
  • Working with a range of animals. 
  • Saving/rescuing animals

Alternatively, you can take a related course at a higher level.