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Animal Care

Animal Care

Animal Care

Are you comfortable around animals and, more importantly, do you enjoy being around them? Could you imagine yourself supporting them and their owners through upsetting and stressful situations? If you’re a real animal lover and you have an interest in learning about domestic, exotic and farm animals through a mixture of classroom and practical work, then one of our animal care courses is for you.

Whatever your interest in animals, we’ve got the course for you. You ideally need to have:

  • a real interest in working with animals
  • concern for animal welfare without being too sentimental
  • the ability to handle animals patiently, gently and confidently
  • the ability to cope with upsetting situations like working with injured or badly treated animals
  • the ability to take responsibility for the duty of care of animals
  • an interest in science, particularly biology

Teaching expertise

All of our animal care tutors are passionate about animals, and many have worked in the industry before going in to education, so they know the kind of challenges you'll be facing and can how best to overcome these.

Our amazing facilities

Our animal care facilities really make us stand out in the region as one of the top providers. We’ve got fully equipped dog grooming salons, veterinary suites and kennels. We've also got links with industry employers, meaning you get to learn and work in real facilities that will give you a competitive edge in what’s already a competitive industry.

Experience of work

We have strong links with Whirlow Hall Farm, zoos and other animal establishments - such as the RSPCA and the Royal Veterinary College - so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit and work directly with a variety of animals.

There’ll be the option to do short work placements with employers so you can really get stuck in and get all the experience you’ll need to work in the industry. An average day could include anything from dog grooming and handling birds of prey, to dealing with exotic snakes. We promise a day in animal care is never boring!

Career prospects

There are so many career paths available within the animal care sector, with a wide variety of roles coming up across the region:

  • There are almost 900 jobs in the veterinary sector in 2017 in the Sheffield City Region
  • The average wage for someone working in this sector is £23,864 per year

The majority of our students go onto careers working at zoos, kennels or onto veterinary courses at university. Whatever your interest in animals, we’ve got the course for you.

You can also use our online tool, Career Coach, to find more information about job prospects in your local area, earning potential for different careers and even apply for live vacancies. 

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