Animal Care Herpetofauna

Animal Care: Herpetofauna

The H.E.R.P. provides specialized Animal Care courses for reptile and amphibian keepers.


These all-in courses are not only suited for beginning hobbyists, but also offer more exciting subjects for the advanced herp-keeper. Attending our course is possible from the age of 16.


The course is given in a dynamic fashion with an eye on interaction and discussion. It also has both theoretical and a practical parts, during which we'll take a closer look at some live animals! You'll also get the chance to get acquainted with some very special specimens and practice different fixation techniques, handling techniques and gender determination for different species. The entire course is given on two separate, full days. At the end of the second course day you'll take part in a short exam, after which you'll obtain your certificate! It is a very fun and informative experience!


After completing the course, all  of the participants are listed in our database of 'Certified Hobbyists'. This file can be sent to anyone on request and can be very useful when applying for jobs within the sector.


Our course in herpetofauna husbandry is provided with a beautiful syllabus. This complete piece of work is given to each student at the start of the course and can be used as a handbook. Even after the training, this syllabus may comes in handy! You can reread through all the topics mentioned during the training, along with a few interesting extras.

The powerpoint presentations, which are used by the teachers during the course, can also be send through on request after the course.


The Animal Care: Herpetofauna course is  always kept up-to-date and adapted when new techniques or products are developed.


The lessons and lectures are, as always, given by true experts.

Our course 'Animal Care: Herpetofauna' has the following subjects:


-Exotic animals as pets in our society

An introductory chapter that sheds light on the development and current state of the terrarium hobby.


- Introduction to the Biology of Herpetofauna

An introduction to better understand the biology, anatomy and physiology of reptiles and amphibians.


- Housing & care of Herpetofauna

All aspects of the husbandry of reptiles and amphibians are explored. From setting up a suitable terrarium to selecting food and equipment, everything is discussed in detail and also (partly) explained on a  species-specific level.


- Correct handling of cold-blooded animals

The students are brought into 'hands-on' contact with all kinds of cold-blooded animals. Proper handling and transport techniques as well as stress prevention are the key aspects of this subject!


- Diseases: recognition and prevention

The most common diseases  as well as how they can be recognized and avoided at an early stage are discussed. In addition, first aid in cold-blooded animals and hygiene in and around the terrarium is explained.


- Most common species in captivity

The most common species currently in the exotic animal trade are discussed with an emphasis on the correct naming, recognition and identification of these species.


- National and international legislation

In this section students get to know the legislation on the keeping and trade of exotic animals.


- Inform and sensitize

This section explains how best to approach customers or new hobbyists with information about the correct husbandry of certain species and how you can 'grow within the terrarium hobby'.

Duration:

Two full days of class


Planning:

Day 1:

9.30h: Reception with coffee / tea and cake

10.00h: Start of the course: Exotic animals as pets in our society

11.30h: Short break with coffee / tea / fruit juice and refreshments

11.45h: Lesson: Introduction to the Biology of Herpetofauna

13.00h: Lunch break (drinks & sandwich)

13.45h: Lesson: Housing & care of Herpetofauna

15.15h: Short break with coffee / tea / fruit juice and refreshments

15.30h: Lesson: Most common species in captivity

17.00h: End of course day + discussion


Where:

GENT, BELGIUM


(BEWARE: Most of our courses are in DUTCH, please inquire about the availability of ENGLISH courses when a course is advertised)


Price:

On request through e-mail


Meals and drinks included!

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Day 2:

9.30h: Reception with coffee / tea and cake

10.00h: Lesson: Correct handling of cold-blooded animals

11.30h: Short break with coffee / tea / fruit juice and refreshments

11.45h: Lesson: Diseases: recognition and prevention

13.00h: Lunch break (drinks & sandwich)

13.45h: Lesson: National and international legislation

15.15h: Short break with coffee / tea / fruit juice and refreshments

15.30h: Lesson: Informing and sensitizing

17.30h: End of course day + discussion and examination


When:

Sorry! We don't have a new course planned yet!


Our last course was on the following dates:

- Day 1: 5 November 2017

- Day 2: 11 November 2017

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