Lil' Zoologists

The Lil Zoologists programe is a fantastic programe for children aged 3-10 years who are ready to explore the zoologists world and learn more about animals of the past and present! Each session is specially designed to ensure children get to explore, investigate and enjoy a different animal experience. Supported by a qualified vet, children will have the opportunity to get up close with a selection of animals as well as make new friends and engage in exciting animal themed activities with each session including animal exploration, games and zookeeper activities.

In addition, for those between 11 and 15 we offer the chance to learn about the animals in more detail from the biological make up, to the food they consume and the different living processes that are assigned to each individual animal. These classes are delivered with animal exploration in mind as well as offering opportunities to participate in animal care for a number of key organisations including local farms, zoo's and also if your over 14 we also give you the chance to take work experience trips to care for monkeys, gorilla's, turtles and more.

Finally, for those considering animal care, becoming a Vet or Veterinary Nurse we offer the pre-vets program which teaches you the basics of becoming a Vet or Veterinary Nurse to give you a headstart for those demanding university undergraduate courses.

Course Content - 3-10 Years

The content of the courses will be a mixture of making animal enrichment, themed challenges and fun Zoo themed activities which can include subjects such as:-

‘Eggcellent Animals’ focuses on animal classification and lifecycles. Children will learn about animals that lay eggs, handle a range of animal species and go behind the scenes of animal enclosures.

Animal Tantics’ focuses on animal habitats and amazing adaptations they have to survive. Children will learn about different animal habitats, put some adaptations to the test in our amazing animal obstacle course, handle a range of animals and go behind the scenes of animal enclosures.

Course Content - 11-15 Years

  • develop practical experience looking after animals: feeding, handling, health checking and maintaining their accommodation
  • learn how to work with and handle animals safely
  • learn how to keep animals healthy and spot signs of ill health
  • study the conservation of wild animals and the variety of ways we work with animals in society
  • complete a work experience placement.

Course Content - 16+ - Part 1

This program is delivered on a multi-level basis over a period of 12 weeks will give you the knowledge required when caring for animals and the opportunity to gain practical skills as well as assistance with education and career development.

  • learn how to maintain animal health
  • develop an understanding of factors impacting animal welfare
  • develop a range of practical animal skills including; animal feeding, accommodation design and maintenance, safe handling and restraint techniques
  • gain an understanding of the principles of animal biology
  • study animal behaviour
  • develop your understanding of animal health, immunology and diseases
  • study animal biology and anatomy
  • develop your practical animal skills including health checks, management plans and dispensing medication
  • study animal nutrition and its impact on health
  • undertake an investigative researchbased or science project
  • study animal behaviour and communication
  • study animal welfare and breed development
  • develop your understanding of farm livestock husbandry and management
  • undertake practical animal training and study the underlying behavioural theories
  • learn about zoo collection management including: nutrition, animal health, handling techniques, enrichment and enclosure design
  • develop your understanding of animal breeding and genetics, including undertaking practical breeding projects

Course Content - 16+ Part 2

  • develop your understanding of the role of a veterinary nurse including basic veterinary treatments such as bandaging, restraint techniques and use of equipment
  • develop practical laboratory skills in biochemistry, chemistry and microbiology
  • study the rescue and rehabilitation techniques used when dealing with British wildlife
  • study wildlife habitats, ecology and conservation
  • undertake a pet store designproject and develop your business management skills
  • your understanding and knowledge of chemistry and biology
  • scientific research skills and academic writing
  • your practical animal skills including health checks, management plans and dispensing medication
  • your understanding of veterinary law.
  • Work Experience Placement