Animal Care Short Course launches

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We are delighted to officially launch the 30th title in ASDAN's library of Short Courses, to coincide with World Animal Day.

The Animal Care Short Course provides an activity-based curriculum that accredits young people’s involvement with and interest in animals, while developing their transferable skills and offering credits into nationally recognised qualifications.

The challenges in the student book can be applied to various settings and promote responsible attitudes to and behaviour around all animals, as well as encouraging young people to develop an understanding of animal welfare issues and learn about careers in working with animals.

Feedback from our pilot centres has been very positive. One teacher from a school in Wales told us:

“We really enjoyed this course. We used it with a particular student who really wants to work on a farm in the future. It allowed her to engage in her passion for animals whilst learning new skills. She was so engaged - it was lovely to see.”

We have also received feedback and interest from schools that keep their own pets and farm animals, as well as animal charities, rescue centres and wildlife/zoo education centres and farms that work with schools - proving the potential of this course and the scope it offers for building links between schools and animal-related organisations.

Notes on delivery:

The length and focus of the course can be adapted to suit – you can choose from a wide range of challenges, which can be applied to your setting as appropriate. The course can be delivered over a minimum of 10 hours, up to a maximum of 60 hours. Each learner works from their own student book and receives an ASDAN credit-rated certificate on completion. This sample student book provides an overview of the course structure and example challenges.

A range of Animal Care resources to support this programme are available to download from our online resource bank (www.theorb.org.uk).