Practical Animal Courses 

Practical Animal Courses

We are the largest organisation in the UK offering practical animal courses that have theory as  part of  the course. This is an ideal way of gaining valuable hands-on experience with a variety of animals. Most of our practical placements include an accredited Level 3 course or qualification

The practical animal courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with animals. We have many students who have gone on to rewarding and successful careers working  with animals.

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Zoo Animal Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course

Ofqual Regulated Qualification: 603/4158/0

Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping

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Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping

The Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping is an ideal qualification for anyone who wants to pursue a career  working in zoos as a zookeeper, or in a voluntary capacity working with wildlife in zoos, safari parks, wildlife collections etc.

This qualification includes 1 week Practical training at Blackpool Zoo.

Course Price: £2,300

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Mediterranean Practical Marine Course

This 1 week placement runs from May to October and takes place on a beautiful research ship in the serene bays of Menorca.  These expeditions are unique and authentic and have the  specific objective of studying and conserving the ocean's natural and cultural treasures.

Immerse yourself  in the science on board and integrate as part of the crew. Besides marine science, this is a great experience on how to live on board an expedition vessel! Resulting surveys and discoveries contribute directly to the management and creation of Marine Protected Areas around the globe.

Any choice combination of 2 accredited Marine  Animal Rescue/Conservation/Zoology/Biology/Ichthyology Diploma courses are included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,669 for 1 week

Deposit Fee: £899


Red  Sea Practical Marine Course

This 2 week placement takes place on the undeveloped coast of the Red Sea. This is an ideal location as there are various coral reef structures, 3 nearby separate protected mangrove locations  and extensive sea grass meadows all with an incredible depth of marine life and all unaffected by the global tourism boom. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Course.

Any choice combination of 2 accredited Marine  Animal Rescue/Conservation/Zoology/Biology/Ichthyology Diploma courses are included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,594 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £899


Marine Research Station Practical Placement

Marine Research Station Practical Placement in Malaysia

This is a 4  week practical placement in Malaysia where volunteers work in a marine research station that involves the local village boatmen in conducting daily surveys to better understand the problem and empower them to protect their own islands. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Course and any 2 of our Marine courses. 

Any choice combination of 2 accredited Marine  Animal Rescue/Conservation/Zoology/Biology/Ichthyology Diploma courses are included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £2,120 for 4 weeks

Deposit Fee: £640 



Turtle Conservation Practical Placement UK

Turtle Conservation Practical Placement in Malaysia

This is a 2 week practical placement where volunteers can get involved in a meaningful turtle conservation project in a paradise beach location in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.

Snorkel these beautiful waters to take photos of turtles for research and conservation management. Assist with hatchling beach patrols and education for locals & tourists.

Any choice combination of 2 accredited Marine  Animal Rescue/Conservation/Zoology/Biology/Ichthyology Diploma courses are included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,130 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £440


Rainforest Conservation Practical Placement UK

Rainforest Conservation Practical Placement

This is a 2 week practical placement where volunteers can get involved in the protection of forest wildlife and also support the development of the Batek tribe in Merapoh, Malaysia.

Experience and learn first hand about rainforests and at the same time get involve with assisting to preserve its animals, plants and people.

The accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course is included with this practical placement

Placement & Course Fees: £1,130 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £400


Wildlife Conservation Practical Placement UK

Wildlife Conservation Practical Placement

This is a 2 week practical placement with the Wildlife and Orangutan volunteer project in Java, Indonesia.

This practical placement involves helping orphaned and injured animals back to health and then re-released to the wild – this is one of the most satisfying things you can do.

The accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course is included with this practical placement

Placement & Course Fees: £1,610 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £550


Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course

Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course

This Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course covers all aspects of Setting up and running a successful Dog Day Care Business. This course includes an optional 1 or 2 week placement.

Please note that this is not an Ofqual qualification and therefore it does not meet the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations. Please click here for Ofqual regulated qualifications that meet AAL requirements.

Course Price:  £599

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Practical Small Animal First Aid Course

Course Accreditation

Quality-Licence-Scheme

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Practical Canine First Aid Course 

This  Intensive Practical Canine First Aid course held in Malvern, Worcestershire, is of relevance to anyone working with dogs in an animal hydrotherapy, animal physiotherapy, veterinary, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for pet owners wishing to increase their knowledge and skills. 

Next Course Date: 23rd November 2019

Course Price: £49

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We offer a variety of different practical animal courses and care courses to suit everyone. Some of our courses are studied entirely online, others have practical training included with several theory modules, and several courses are purely practical hands-on courses. 

Dog Grooming Diploma Course

Dog Grooming Diploma course 

(Theory and 2 Weeks Practical Training)

Our Dog Grooming Diploma course consists of both theory and practical. The idea is that students first complete 6 modules all about the theory of dog grooming and after this, they attend a 2 week practical placement. This is the ideal way of getting experience grooming different dogs, different coats as well as dealing with customers and seeing first hand how a dog grooming salon is run. 

Course Fee: £699


Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation Diploma course

Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation Diploma course

(Theory & Practical Training)

We offer a Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation Diploma course designed for anyone interested in working with the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. This practical animal courses is a Level 3 Diploma course that consists of 6 modules all about the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of injured wildlife. The course includes practical training at a Wildlife Rescue Hospital where students gain hands-on experience assisting with a variety of animals that may include foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, birds and other wildlife.

Course Fee: £699

We are committed to helping students find the right practical animal courses for your requirements and we offer free careers and training advice in all animal care subjects, please get in touch for assistance, our team are always happy to help.


Marine Mammal Medic Practical Training Day

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma course

Marine Mammal Medic Practical Training Day

The 1 Day Intensive Marine Mammal Medic Training Practical run by the British Divers Marine Life Charity, can be added to our Marine Animal Rescue Course. This practical training day includes 4 lectures and practical training at the water's edge with 3 modules dealing with seal rescue, dolphin rescue and whale rescue.

Course Fee: £699


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Our Practical Placements provide excellent opportunities to work hands-on with experts and gain valuable practical animal handling experience

Please contact us for free careers and training advice. Our expert careers advisers are happy to assist, phone 0208 6269646

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Animal Nursing

Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants

The Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants is a regulated qualification and it is designed as a Pre-Veterinary Nursing course for those who want to progress onto the RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. We are able to include 2 weeks practical placement as part of this course. This enables students to work towards the 4 course units that require practical placement.

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Stable Management Certificate Course

2 Day Practical

The 2 Day Stable Management Certificate Course provides a great way for students to gain hands-on training working with horses and ponies. Students get involved with cleaning, feeding, exercising and handling horses and see first hand how a well run stables is managed. The course includes 1 night's accommodation.

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The Reptile Course Practical (1 - 2 Weeks)

This 1 - 2 week practical can be added on to our Reptile Care, Welfare and Ethics Diploma course, the Herpetology Diploma course and the Reptile Care and Welfare Certificate course. Gain valuable hands-on experience with a variety of reptiles including snakes, lizards, tortoises etc.

The Reptile Course Practical

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Marine Course Practicals

The 2 Week Marine Course Practical Placements are available with our Marine Zoology, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation and our Zoology Diploma courses. Gain hands-on experience with a variety of marine animals and marine environments.

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Primate Care Placement in Zambia

Are you studying primates and want to gain hands-on experience assisting with primate care, rehabilitation and release? 

Primate Care Placement in Zambia

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Volunteers with the GRI - Zambia Primate Project will have the opportunity to play an active role in contributing to the successful running of the rehabilitation and release aspects of the project. Please note that this is a working conservation project so you will need to come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get involved with whatever activities the project is tasked with at the time of your visit. ZPP offers volunteer opportunities at both their primate transit home (rehabilitation centre) and out of their release camp deep in the bush.

To join the field team releasing and monitoring their rescued baboons and monkeys in Kafue National Park, or to assist with primate care and pre-release preparations at the primate transit home please contact ZPP's Senior Technical Advisor Dr Cheryl Mvula on cdmvula@aol.com for further details and costs.

Animal Jobs Direct accepts no liability or responsibility for practical placements advertised on our website. Placements are carried out entirely at the user's own risk.

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