The Animals in Distress charity in partnership with Oakwood Court College provide an ideal and safe location for students to experience Animal Care.
The partnership allows the students to work at the charity’s animal sanctuary so that they can develop the skills that will enable them to work in this setting and similar settings in the future.
All first years will undertake Animal Care as part of their ‘Vocational Tasters’. The course has also been offered to second and third years who have identified Animal Care as a preferred vocational route.
Other partnerships are being formed to allow the students to expand their experience of working with animals, to date this includes placements at a local stables and a local zoo.
Overview:The College has a partnership with the charity Animals in Distress and Oakwood Stables. Through this partnership the College’s students attend work placements at the Charity’s sanctuary & at Oakwood stables, where they undertake a variety of animal care based tasks.
The students will improve their ability to demonstrate a number of key general employability skills.
The students will improve their ability to demonstrate a number of specific employability skills.
The students will improve their ability to demonstrate a number of key vocational skills in animal care.
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The member of staff identifies which of the student’s SMART targets can be addressed during the session and embeds them as appropriate within the session.
- Access to the course is open to all students who attend Oakwood Court College, providing their behaviour does not impinge on their/colleagues health and safety.
In-house accreditation focuses on employability skills, which generally fall under the following sub headings:
External accreditation: ASDAN’s Towards Independence:
Choosing a pet.
Preparing the housing for animals.
Feeding and health care.
Keeping the animals clean.
Giving the animals an interesting environment.
Animal and handler safety.
Caring for an animal during the holidays.
External accreditation: NPTC’s Skills for Working Life (Animal Care and Horse Care at Entry 2):
Recognise small animals
Recognise parts of the body of small animals
Recognise types of animal housing and bedding for small animals
Assist with cleaning of animal housing
Recognise types of foods and feed small animals
Recognise Colours, Markings and Points of the Horse
Skip out a stable
Provide Food and Water
Groom a Horse
External accreditation: NPTC’s Skills for Working Life (Animal Care and Horse Care at Entry 3):
Recognise Types and Parts of the Body of Small Animals
Assist with catching and restraining a small animal
Check that a Small Animal is Healthy
Groom a Small Animal
Show Visitors around a Small Animal Enterprise
Catch and Lead a Horse
Recognise signs of health in a horse
Fit and Remove a Rug
Saddle and Bridle a Horse
External accreditation: Level 1 and 2 NVQ in Animal Care:
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2012 )