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Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

  • Make a career of caring for some of the rarest species of animals on earth
  • Play a part on conservation and saving animals from extinction
  • Learn animal welfare and ethics
  • Develop a career in the zoo and wildfire conservation sectors
  • Gain an understanding of how zoos operate and the legislation surrounding them
  • Become competent in disease prevention within a zoo environment
  • Develop skills in animal management

 

Zookeepers – as their names suggest – work in zoos and wildlife caring for the animals kept there. It is their role to cater to each of the animal’s individual needs to ensure they are happy and healthy.

This can range from feeds and maintaining their enclosure to administering medication or integrating new animals into the group.

Zookeepers will also play a part in conservation projects to grow populations of endangered species or reintroduce animals that were previously extinct in the wild.

Becoming a zookeeper is a physically demanding but extremely rewarding role that allows you to interact with some of the most remarkable animals in the world, and in some cases play a part in their recovery as a species.

 

 

Zookeeping is a physically demanding role that requires you to work outside, often in adverse weather conditions. Come rain or shine the animals in your care will need food and fresh water, medication or their enclosures cleaned.

Which means this isn’t a role for someone happiest sat behind a desk.

However, for all the hard work involved, the rewards are great. Aside from getting the opportunity to care for rare and amazing animals, you will also have the opportunity to work on conservation projects. This will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge or even work with a specific type of animal.

Working in a zoo will also require you to be part of a close team. As many animals you work with can be dangerous to humans, being part of a trusting team is essential so good communication skills are beneficial.

 

 

Some roles within zoos don’t require any formal qualifications. However, if you want the opportunity to work with the animals then you will need some form of qualification.

This is because the animals you will be working with require specialist care – which requires specialist knowledge.

A level 3 diploma in Zookeeping will provide you with the understanding you need to safely and correctly care for these animals.

This includes animal management, disease prevention, welfare and more. Once you have qualified you will be in a position to apply for jobs in zoos as well as build on your knowledge with further study.

 

 

Zookeepers – as their names suggest – work in zoos and wildlife caring for the animals kept there. It is their role to cater to each of the animal’s individual needs to ensure they are happy and healthy.

This can range from feeds and maintaining their enclosure to administering medication or integrating new animals into the group.

Zookeepers will also play a part in conservation projects to grow populations of endangered species or reintroduce animals that were previously extinct in the wild.

Becoming a zookeeper is a physically demanding but extremely rewarding role that allows you to interact with some of the most remarkable animals in the world, and in some cases play a part in their recovery as a species.

 

 

Zookeeping is a physically demanding role that requires you to work outside, often in adverse weather conditions. Come rain or shine the animals in your care will need food and fresh water, medication or their enclosures cleaned.

Which means this isn’t a role for someone happiest sat behind a desk.

However, for all the hard work involved, the rewards are great. Aside from getting the opportunity to care for rare and amazing animals, you will also have the opportunity to work on conservation projects. This will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge or even work with a specific type of animal.

Working in a zoo will also require you to be part of a close team. As many animals you work with can be dangerous to humans, being part of a trusting team is essential so good communication skills are beneficial.

 

 

Some roles within zoos don’t require any formal qualifications. However, if you want the opportunity to work with the animals then you will need some form of qualification.

This is because the animals you will be working with require specialist care – which requires specialist knowledge.

A level 3 diploma in Zookeeping will provide you with the understanding you need to safely and correctly care for these animals.

This includes animal management, disease prevention, welfare and more. Once you have qualified you will be in a position to apply for jobs in zoos as well as build on your knowledge with further study.

 

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Entry Level

£18k

Mid-ranged

£24k

Experienced

£30k
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£24,000 a year

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Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

The Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma is a comprehensive course that allows you to delve into the world of zookeeping.

It’s the perfect way to turn your passion for animal welfare into a rewarding career.

The diploma will expand your understanding of zookeeping and how to care for large animals with complex needs in a zoo or safari setting. 

Most of the course will be theory-based and online, however, there is a practical element too. 

This allows you to see first-hand what it’s like working in a zoo, gain essential knowledge and put into practice what you’ve learnt. You’ll have the opportunity to have direct contact with a range of animals such as giraffes, elephants, tapirs and more.

The course consists of 9 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Animal Welfare and Ethics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main needs of animals in captivity and how they are met
  • Understand animal welfare and the assessment of animal welfare in zoos
  • Know how to manage the breeding of animals in captivity
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo

Unit 2: Conservation and Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different conservation options available to zoos
  • Understand why zoological collections are more suitable to different forms of conservation
  • Know how various breeding programmes work

Unit 3: Development of Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how the keeping of animals in captivity has developed historically
  • Understand the roles and perceptions of the modern zoo
  • Understand how zookeepers can assist with the roles of the modern zoo

Unit 4: Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to identify and report abnormal behaviours and signs of illness promptly
  • Understand zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread
  • Understand the storage and maintenance of animal feeds
  • Understand how to source information about animal diets and nutrition

Unit 5: Enrichment and Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn why environmental enrichment is needed
  • Understand how enrichment is being used effectively
  • Explore how training improves the welfare of animals in captivity
  • Understand the behaviour and body language of zoo animals
  • Study the signs of stress in zoo animals, its management and the benefits of enrichment

Unit 6: Legislation and Zoological Collections

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn the legislation that is relevant to zoological collections in the UK and Europe
  • Understand zoo relevant associations in the UK and Europe
  • Explore legislation in animal transportation between zoos
  • Study controls on zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals

Unit 7: Management of Animals in a Zoo

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the basic information required for the management of animals in a zoo
  • Understand how to use observational skills as a zookeeper
  • Understand the importance of record-keeping in the management of animals in a zoo

Unit 8: Zoo Design

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main considerations for and advances in, general zoo design
  • Understand the improvement of existing enclosures
  • Understand the risk assessment and health and safety, requirements for enclosure design

Unit 9: Zoos and the Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the value of the media to zoos
  • Understand the role of the zookeeper concerning the media
  • Understand the forms of exposure to the media in a zoological collection
  • Be able to develop and explain the functions of a short presentation
  • Understand how all departments of a zoological collection must work together
  • Be able to design and explain the purpose of, suitable signage for a zoological collection

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This gives you the ability to learn wherever and whenever you want - on your terms, around your other commitments.

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