D&A launches first of its kind Zoo Animal Welfare course Archive for 2018

Release Date: 28 September 2018

Dundee and Angus college announced today that they are launching a new Zoo Animal Behaviour and Welfare course starting next January

Dundee and Angus college announced today that they are launching a new Zoo Animal Behaviour and Welfare course starting next January. The course, which will be the only course of its kind in Scotland, teaches learners about the behaviour of wild animals, how animal welfare is protected in modern zoos and how to tell if an animal is being well looked after.

Speaking on the course today was SQA representative David Grant who has said:

“The Scottish Qualifications Authority is delighted to be working with Dundee and Angus College on this unique and exciting new qualification.”

Course leader Chris Ditchburn expressed his excitement over what the course will teach students:

“This course will give learners who wish to work in the field of zoo animal care the tools they need to thrive in an ever evolving career path. What we’re trying to do here has never been attempted before in Scotland and we’re glad to have the support of The SQA and the staff here at Camperdown who have been with us every step of the way to make our students’ dreams a reality”

The exciting conclusion of the course has learners coming up with their own methods for improving the lives of their favourite zoo animals. They will then work with Camperdown Wildlife Centre’ zoo keeping team to make their ideas a reality.

With a growing demand for those trained in how to properly care for zoo animals, Aileen Whitelaw from Camperdown Wildlife felt the course couldn’t have come at a better time:

“We’re thrilled that Dundee and Angus have worked with us to put this together. At Camperdown Wildlife Centre we’re always looking for better ways to care for our animals and working with our talented young people is the best way to bring in some fresh ideas.”

Applications are now being accepted for the course via the Dundee and Angus college website.