Keeping of Pets

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You should spend at least 1 hour per week caring for your pets, this can include time feeding and cleaning. Time spent walking your pet (if applicable) should not be included.

In addition to simply looking after your pet, you should also further develop your theoretical knowledge about keeping pets.

Aims & Ideas

  • On-going record of the habits, welfare and progress of your chosen
    animal.
  •  Ensure that you have an understanding of the care and welfare of the
    pet you propose to look after feeding, handling, cleanliness.
  • Recognise the advantages and disadvantages that particular animals
    have when being kept as pets and have an understanding of the life cycle
    and breeding of the animal.
  • Develop considerable knowledge of hygiene, likely ailments and their
    prevention and first aid treatments.
  • Understand where and how the animal originally lived in the wild.
  • Have some background knowledge of the historical background to the
    keeping of animals for domestic use.

Assessment & Evidence

The assessor should see evidence of your pet thriving, the feeding schedule, a log of cleaning/vet visits, a log of walks/socialisation (if applicable) and project work on your chosen aim. You can choose more than one aim depending on the timescale.  Photos should be taken throughout your time period.  The assessor should discuss your progress at least once per month of activity.