LLYSFASI & NORTHOP
Llysfasi’s Animal Care Centre houses over 200 animals from a wide range of exciting species of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals. In addition, the centre is home to livestock such as our alpacas, guernsey goats and poultry units. You will also have regular access to study on Llysfasi’s mixed enterprise farm, dairy, beef and sheep including experience in lambing and calf rearing.
The stunning facilities at Northop Animal Centre house a diverse collection of species to kick start your career with animals. Whether your passion is reptiles, fish, birds, primates, rodents, dogs, wildlife or farm animals, we have it all.
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Whilst studying Animal Care at Llysfasi, you will experience all aspects of caring for animals and handling techniques, feeding, health checking and monitoring. You will learn skills and knowledge in animal behaviour, health and welfare, nutrition, accommodation and biology.
We are working closely with the RSPCA and our hedgehog rehabilitation facility to monitor the progress and care of individuals prior to their release. We work closely with wildlife organisations who provide links and input to a range of tracking and monitoring of wildlife species.
We also have many links with veterinary practices ensuring our delivery is current and relevant. If your career interests are in veterinary science, we provide education in animal nursing, biological sciences and research and development disciplines.
Our Collar and Comb Dog Grooming Academy has excellent facilities including kennels, automatic baths and tables, blaster dryers and further specialist equipment to provide a great learning experience.
At Northop we offer a range of courses in Animal Care to learn how to take care of animals in a realistic industry setting. The Animal Centre houses exotic species such as iguanas, geckos, monitors, lizards, turtles, snakes, mantids, tarantulas, dart frogs, cockroaches, tenrecs, pygmy hedgehogs, sugar gliders, chinchillas, rats, hamsters, mice, parakeets, lovebirds, african grey parrots, finches, tortoises, marmosets, to name a few. The Centre also houses a dog grooming parlour and kennels.
In addition the Northop Rare Breeds Centre has rare breed sheep, goat, pigs and poultry. Many of the species housed here are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Watchlist. Set in woodland, there is wildlife all around, with over 40 species of wild birds identified on site during a recent survey alongside bats, newts, shrews, hedgehogs, foxes, wild rabbits and stoats.
Skills you will learn during your course include the daily husbandry needed to look after animals including feeding, cleaning, handling techniques, health checking, grooming and providing suitable environments.
You will develop skills and knowledge in a range of subjects – animal training, animal behaviour, nutrition, biology, wildlife surveys and estate skills.
There are opportunities to complete projects and work experience with a number of organisations and local businesses such as North Wales Wildlife Trust, Blue Planet Aquarium, Contact Pets, veterinary practices, and farm parks.
Many trips and visits are planned to enhance your learning too. These include trips to local zoos, events such as Crufts, the Natural History Museum, agricultural shows, even the opportunity to visit Ecuador.
The Northop site is well known for its inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and our students grow and thrive in this environment.