Animal Care Case Study

Hannah's qualification helped her look after TV's animal stars.

06 April 2012

Hannah Francombe’s City & Guilds course equipped her to look after the animal stars of film and TV and keep up to date with ever-changing animal welfare legislation.

For over 11 years, Hannah Francombe has been caring for animals and training them for roles in films and on TV. In the course of her career, she’s followed the legislative changes concerning animal welfare, and has adapted her working practices to show that the animals are being cared for.

Hannah works at Amazing Animals, an organisation that cares for, trains and supplies animals for TV and film roles. ‘I deal with supervising animal husbandry, care sheets, licensing, animal movements, Dangerous Wild Animal Licenses, local authorities and veterinary records,’ says Hannah.

Animal love

To help her demonstrate her competency and passion for animal care, Hannah completed a City & Guilds Level 3 in Training Animals in the Audio Visual Industry.

‘It is a recognised qualification in the film and television industry,’ says Hannah, ‘and more production companies are requiring this qualification as it proves they are qualified animal handlers. Without the qualification, I would have been unaware of the importance of keeping records and the time that is spent to ensure these records are kept up to date for the animals’ welfare.’

Lion Award winner

After undergoing a wrist operation that left her unable to continue her job training animals, Hannah has been using her qualification to forge a new path within the company. Her determination was recognised when she won the Innovator of the Year award at the City & Guilds Lion Awards in 2011.

Hannah’s award has inspired her to go on to even greater things. ‘I would like to achieve new qualifications, and help other people learn. To do this I want to become an assessor, we’ll see what happens!’


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