Animal Care

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus, Aberdeen Campus, Elmwood Campus, Oatridge Campus


This course offers a theoretical foundation along with practical experience of caring for animals.

Covering how to feed, handle, and accommodate (mainly) small animals safely, it's a great option for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of animals as well as learning how to look after them well.

The course also helps to develop core skills like communication and numeracy, which support their classroom learning and experience.

The main themes of the course are: Small Animal Feeding, Safe Working Practices, Anatomy and Physiology of Mammals, Animal Accommodation and Handling, Reptile and Amphibian Care, Ornamental Fish Care.

Entry Requirements

1 subject at National 5, a science subject preferred plus 3 subjects at National 4 preferably including English and Maths, or NC Introduction to Animal Care, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4 or 5. 1 week's work experience.

Progression Routes

HNC Animal Care

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Animal Care

SCQF Level