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Animal Care

Welcome to Animal Care

If you’re an animal lover and 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 study programmes is perfect for you.

We have strong links with Whirlow Hall Farm, wildlife parks and other national animal establishments - such as the RSPCA and the Royal Veterinary College - to give you plenty of opportunities to visit and work directly with a variety of animals. You will have the chance to undertake industry placements with different employers in the industry so that you can get all the experience you’ll need in a variety of roles.

Animal Care

“The Sheffield College's teaching of employment skills really stood out to me, and their support has helped me to gain a job in the animal care sector."

Matthew Coupland, Animal Care alumni

Why should I study at The Sheffield College?

  • Train for a range of careers including as a dog groomer, veterinarian, zookeeper, animal rescue officer and much more
  • Be taught by industry specialists who are passionate about your progress
  • Train in our fantastic facilities including our exotic animal room and dog grooming salon
  • Our qualifications have been designed with employers, so they are industry standard and you’re studying the latest topics
  • Study all the way to degree level
  • Fantastic work placement opportunities available at our top employer partners
  • English and maths support is available to all students


Study our university level qualifications 

There’s a pretty big misconception about getting a degree level qualification; you have to go to university to get one. Quite simply, that’s not true!

At UC Sheffield, you can join an increasing number of students who are choosing to study university level qualifications in a wide range of career driven courses with us.

Our qualifications include:

  • HND in Animal Management

Where will I be studying?

We know that having the right facilities can make all the difference to your learning, so we’ve invested lots of money in the best facilities to make sure that we can help you go further.

Our animal care facilities at Hillsborough Campus really make us stand out in the region as one of the top providers. We’ve got dog grooming salons, an exotic animal room, and our links with employers mean you get to learn and work in real facilities giving you an extra edge in a competitive industry.




Who we work with

Our students have fantastic opportunities to work and learn alongside some of the best employers in the region, including:

  • Whirlow Hall Farm
  • Sam’s Safari
  • Heeley City Farm
  • Vets4Pets

Work-Related Activity, Trips and Visits

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real life or simulated working environment as part of your study programme.

We work closely with employers across Sheffield and the region to make sure you develop the exact skills and industry-specific knowledge that will enable you to shine throughout your career.

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!

We create opportunities for you to:

  • work on live projects with employers
  • engage in industry expert masterclasses and talks
  • visit employers at their place of work, from local zoos to veterinary practices
  • use our Virtual Reality placement programme
  • undertake industry placements and much more

What can you do after?

People who achieve successful careers in the animal care industry all share key skills such as attention to detail, animal handling and customer service skills. Roles that can be progressed into include:

  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Zookeeper
  • Dog groomer
  • Animal rescue officer
  • Veterinary nurse

After finishing their studies with us, many students go on to university or into employment.

Careers advice during your studies

Need a hand figuring out your career plan?

Our Careers Advice Team are available throughout your studies to provide advice and guidance.

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RSPCA Inspector

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What Courses are available

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Animal Care

Hillsborough Campus
Level 2

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