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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
Health & Accommodation
Learn about common health disorders & health checks and accommodation requirements for hamsters, rats and mice.
This module includes information about keeping each species physically & mentally healthy & happy; habitat & ecology; appropriate exercise & environmental needs for each species.
Nutrition & Enrichment
This module explores food groups, essential nutrients, fresh foods, dry foods & water, commercial mixes, supplementary foods, food analyses and foods as enrichment tools as appropriate to rats, mice and hamsters.
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Rats, mice and hamsters are perhaps the most common small mammal kept as pets. They can all be friendly, loving and great companions. This course explores their natural habitat (ecology) and their behaviour is covered as well as how to match these factors to their housing when in captivity. Health checks and common health disorders are discussed as well as how to handle rodents correctly. The course also explores the subject of nutrition and enrichment. Rattus norvegicus (the brown rat) is found just about anywhere in the world & is closely associated with human habitation & activity. They can live successfully in tunnels, houses, barns, dockyards, river banks, urban areas, gardens, farmland & the only restriction to their range is temperature. Their success across every continent is due to their close human association. Rattus rattus (the black rat or ‘ship rat’) is not so widely spread. The origins of R. rattus are said to be the Asian sub-continent i.e. India onwards. This species is much smaller than the brown rat & can have an arboreal habitat (tree-dwelling). They prefer a drier warmer climate than the brown rat. R. rattus is mainly active at night. The Common Hamster (Cricetus cricetus) & other species originate from the colder, drier areas of Europe (The Steppes), the Middle East & into Asia. All are prolific breeders! All hamsters burrow. They love to dig into their bedding and substrate (the materials used to cover the floor This is a natural behaviour brought about by their origins where they would need to dig burrows for shelter and protection & digging into the ground to forage for tasty food. Hamsters in the wild state travel large distances in the hunt for food and mates. The evidence for this ability for long-range travel is in the classic Hamster Wheel. They are inquisitive & always looking for new experiences & opportunities to explore. Unlike the mouse and the rat, they possess cheek pouches for food storgae when foraging. An enormous quantity of food can be stuffed into the cheek pouches, transported back to the underground shelter and deposited for easy consumption. This course explores the care and welfare of the rat, mouse and hamster and includes information about nutrition, health checks, accommodation and environmental enrichment.