The ABC Level 2 Practical Animal Care Skills will provide a detailed introduction to animal care and husbandry combining practical based training with sound theoretical knowledge. The modules, which are listed below, will be delivered using a wide variety of methods including lectures, practical work, demonstrations and self-study. The course provides the flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development within the animal care industry. The course is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge.
The importance of communication skills has been emphasised in all included studies. In the study by McDermott et al. , 98% of respondents believed that communication skills are equally important to or more important than practical clinical skills. Training on communication skills in the veterinary curriculum is very limited [13, 37]. The existing veterinary curriculum does not fully address the needs in this aspect of practical skills. In one study, less than 50% of the participating veterinarians had received communication skills training in veterinary schools, 65% believed that the veterinary school did not fully prepare them to face communication issues in their career, and 50% had to attend post-graduate communication training workshops . The continuous professional education currently available mainly includes simulated consultations and online training, offering less time investment while attending to money and applicability considerations.
Survival increased by 2.2% per year, (26% over the study period), particularly in juveniles, in which survival increased by 36%. This did not appear to be due to improvement in the condition of animals on admission; there was no change in proportions of animals dead or moribund on arrival, in admission weight, or in 48-h mortality over the study period. Nor did it appear to be due to progressive change in the proportions of adults, early litters, and late litters, since this was unaltered during the course of the study. Increased malnutrition admissions, associated with better survival, may have made a contribution. Without any other obvious factors, it appears that care at the centres is more successful. The RSPCA protocol has not significantly changed during the study period, however the individual experience and expertise of the staff there can only have improved, especially as wildlife care is a relatively recent field.
To ensure the highest quality of health of the felids in our care, AZA-accredited zoos conduct preventative medical assessments, including daily observations and data recording, routine weight monitoring, full physical examinations including blood and fecal testing, dental examinations, diet supplementation and vaccinations. These assessments facilitate the early detection and treatment of illnesses and diseases by well-trained animal keepers and wildlife veterinarians.
The three-day course takes place each year preceding the annual Felid TAG Conference. The course covers various aspects of husbandry of both large and small felines. These aspects include: natural history, human and animal safety, physical environment, reproduction and behavioral management. Within this framework, other topics are covered including vet care, enrichment, birth and hand rearing and nutrition. The course achieves topic coverage by use of lecture, student participation, and various exercises designed to give a practical application of the knowledge. Students will be expected to complete some pre-course exercises to enhance course experience and will be required to work together during the course to achieve certain goals. 2b1af7f3a8