Updated: Friday, May 29th 2020
For more information:
Please click here to read the College's frequently asked questions web page for the latest Coronavirus related queries and advice.
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:
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 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.
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!
There are so many career paths available within the animal care sector, with a wide variety of roles coming up across the region:
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.