Honeybank Training

Honeybank Training

Specialist Training for Animal Professionals

Vet student with female Harris' hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

Staff at Honeybank are renowned for their expertise in the field of animal handling and welfare, and as such ar

e held in high esteem by organisations and individuals working with domestic, captive and wild animals.  Our highly experienced team has already trained a wide range of professionals including veterinary, police, fire and rescue, local authority, and pet trade staff in a range of animal-related topics.

Courses are held at Honeybank, on the outskirts of the Peak District village of Ashover, and normally run 1000-1300 and 1400-1700, although it may be possible to run courses at other times and venues.  Please contact us with your requirements

All our procedures and methods meet and exceed best practice, and our welfare and H&S policies and practices exceed all legal and welfare requirements.

Our Code of Practice governs our work, and always puts the welfare of our animals before the needs of the company.

All courses are delivered by James McKay, a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and a qualified educator with many years of practical animal handling, husbandry and welfare experience.

Staffordshire Police Wildlife Crime Officers (PWCOs) at Honeybank on a raptor handling courseWe run specific courses for;

  • Veterinary Nurses (VNs) and Practice Staff;
  • Police Wildlife Crime Officers (PWCOs);
  • Fire & Rescue Staff;
  • Pet Shop Staff;
  • Local Authority Staff.

We offer a range of courses in the following areas, and are also happy to plan and delivery bespoke courses to your own specifications;

  • Handling and restraint of small mammals;
  • Handling and restraint of birds;
  • Handling and restraint of invertebrates;
  • Basic husbandry for snakes;
  • Basic husbandry for lizards;
  • Basic husbandry for invertebrates;

Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor imperator) Bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

Each Module Covers

  • Handling techniques;
  • Zoonoses and risk of injury;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Working with aggressive/venomous species;
  • Equipment and PPE.

Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)Professor John Cooper holding a ferretOur courses are designed for those who are involved in handling animals as part of their day-to-day duties or on an ad hoc basis.  The course are also suitable for students on veterinary or animal management courses, who will benefit from the unique practical handling and learning opportunities presented on these courses.

Please contact us with your requirements or for full details of our courses.

Specialist Training For Veterinary Nurses (VNs)

RCVS CPD Requirements for VNsVet and vet nurses operating on a Harris' hawk

The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses makes it very clear that all veterinary nurses (VNs) are obliged to maintain and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills.  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is therefore mandatory for all registered veterinary nurses and should be seen as the continuous progression of capability and competence.

Under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses, the required minimum CPD is 45 hours in any three-year period with an average of 15 hours per year.

Our courses are the perfect – and affordable – way to ensure that you meet the RCVS CPD requirements.

Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor imperator)


Please contact us for full details of our EXOTICS HANDLING & HUSBANDRY COURSES, which cover small furries, reptiles, amphibia, invertebrates and birds.