Advanced Programme Vet Nursing Zoo Animals

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Previously known as the Certificate in Vet Nursing of Exotic Species this programme has been running for 18 years and covers avian, reptiles/amphibians, small mammals, wildlife and now zoo animals.

Designed for vet nurses and vet technicians it covers a range of topics from anatomy and physiology, through nutrition, anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, fluid therapy, husbandry and nursing of common diseases. The zoo programme also looks at conservation, reintroduction medicine and the zoo industry.

Available to vet nurses and technicians worldwide as assessment is now online - no need to travel to the UK for an exam. ​​

Previously known as the City & Guilds Certificate in Vet Nursing of Exotic Species this programme has been running for 18 years.

Designed for vet nurses and vet technicians it covers a range of topics from anatomy and physiology, through nutrition, anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, fluid therapy, husbandry and nursing of common diseases. 

Available to vet nurses and technicians worldwide as assessment is now online - no need to travel to the UK for an exam. ​​

The Zoo Animal programme covers the following subjects:

     • Anatomy & physiology
     • Reproduction/Breeding and husbandry
     • Nutrition
     • Restraint / Handling / Enclosure design / Management of zoo animals
     • Anaesthesia
     • The Zoo industry (eg. IUCN, CITES, Legislation), conservation and
        reintroduction
     • Preventative healthcare, common diseases and nursing care


Course material is available to students through a dedicated online Moodle platform. 

Students are provided with comprehensive notes in PDF format and supporting materials – recorded lectures, discussion groups, a dedicated Facebook group and other online resources.

All coursework, supporting material and submission of assignments is carried out through Moodle. Training is accredited by City & Guilds

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