Animal Care

Borders College


Newtown St Boswells Campus


You will study topics including Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Companion Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Companion Animal Handling and First Aid, Small Animal Health and Disease, and Small Animal Nutrition. In practical classes you will undertake routine healthcare, feeding and handling techniques with a range of small animals.

Core Skills for working in the land-based industry may be a timetabled part of this course.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including a science subject, or NC Animal Care, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Applicants with an NC from another college will be subject to an Animal Care skills test.

Progression Routes

Successful students showing a high degree of motivation may apply to higher education to study veterinary nursing or zoology. Examples of possible employment opportunities include careers with SSPCA, boarding establishments, managing animal related businesses or working in a veterinary practice.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Horse and Animal Care

SCQF Level