Animal Care

New College Lanarkshire


Coatbridge Campus


The NC Animal Care course helps you to develop the knowledge and understanding of the biology of animals. It helps you gain the practical skills needed to carry out duties in the care of animals. You will also gain skills related to the business side of animal care employment e.g. skills for customer care. In addition, you will develop your core skills (which are transferrable into any work situation), such as communication and numeracy.

On the course you will study subjects such as:

Animal anatomy and physiology; Parasitology; Accommodation and animal handling;Small animal feeding; Healthcare; Avian care; Ornamental fish care; Reptile and amphibian care; Farm livestock; Safe working practices; Animal survival behaviour.

In addition, you will obtain work experience in a local setting such as a vet practice or animal sanctuary.

Entry Requirements

1 subject at National 5, preferably in a science subject plus 3 subjects at National 4, preferably English or Maths. You should have a minimum of 10 days' experience of work experience within an animal care related setting. You must be 18 years of age due to Health and Safety course requirements. Interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

HNC in Animal Care at SRUC (Barony Campus) or veterinary nurse course

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Animal Care

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals