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ABC Level 1 Certificate in Practical Small Animal Care Skills

About the course

This is course provides an introduction to the care of a variety of domestic animals. This is a very practical course and areas of study include feeding, cleaning and handling animals as well as units covering health and safety and skills development in land based industries. Time is spent both in the classroom and working with the College’s animal collection

Course modules

Year 1

Assist with the care of animals

Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals

Assist with feedstuffs of small animals

Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals

Principles of the care of animals

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

A keen interest in animal care. Some learners start their educational career at Myerscough College on this course, where others progress from the Skills for Working Life programme.

Learning and assessment

Practical assessment and portfolio building.


Level 2 ABC Animal Care, Supported Internship.


Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shops, grooming parlours, welfare societies.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Outdoor clothing and sturdy work boots or wellingtons.

Work experience

Work experience is carried out at the College in the Animal and Equine Studies Centre.

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.