Keeper Academy (15-17 years)

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Do you want to work with animals, work in a zoo, or be a vet?  This course provides experience with zoo animals including reptiles, primates, large mammals, big cats & elephants.

Our Keeper Academy is a course for young people aged 15-17 years old. The course will run over 5 days from 10.30am - 3.00pm, including theory sessions on working with different exotic species as well as over 5 sessions of practical experience with a range of zoo animals including invertebrates reptiles, primates, large mammals and elephants.

The course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career with animals and require practical experience to enhance their application. Those who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zookeepers or complete other animal based studies will benefit from this exciting new course.

Supported at all times by our education team, students receive an evidence portfolio of their work and a certificate of completion.

This price includes a discount card for the shop and cafe that can be used on course days. On the last day of the course there is a Graduation where participants will receive their certificate and have four zoo entry tickets that can be used for family and friends.

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus COVID-19 (see our latest updates here) we have taken the decision to suspend all sales and bookings of Courses at this time. All current bookings will still be honoured as long as we remain open. Please keep checking back as we will open bookings again once this crisis is over.

 

For anyone with a currently unbooked voucher, we will be looking to extend your expiry date once we are accepting bookings again. Further information will be emailed to you when you are able to book again.

 

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

How to book

In order to book a place you must complete a registration form (and return to us with written signatures) and make payment for the course.  Completed application forms must be sent within 14 days of the date you make payment. 

 

 

 

Please email zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk or telephone 01253 830805, if you have questions or queries regarding any aspect of the Keeper Academy course and the registration process.

Important information

Please ensure you read and understand the following information before completing a registration form and making payment.

By making payment below you are agreeing to the following Terms & Conditions - The student you are booking a space for will be aged between 8 and 11 on the date of the course. You will complete and return a course registration form within 14 days of payment. You understand that refunds will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If you select an Undated Gift Voucher, you will need to contact us to book at a later date and we cannot guarantee that the dates listed will be available. More dates may be added in the future subject to demand but all bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

 

 

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