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Animal Management

Studying Animal Management at Weston College

Our qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers and are successful in getting our students into animal management related jobs and onto relevant degrees.

After you’ve completed one of our courses there will be a number of opportunities available to you. You could study a further qualification with us or at university, or progress straight into the industry, where there are a number of varied and exciting jobs available

You will be based both at the Knightstone campus and Puxton Park where there is a new bespoke animal management centre.

You will get weekly hands-on experience with a wide range of domestic, farm and exotic animals include tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus, primates, stick insects and more ... Plus we have trips to other animal establishments and welcome guests from a wide range of industry specialisms.

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Our link with Puxton Park

The College has joined forces with Puxton Park, which will enable you to develop industry-specific skills working within the park’s extensive farmland and facilities, with a wide range of farm and domestic animals, which will significantly enhance your employability skills for the future.

The link will also allow you to gain broader experience in your customer service skills, by engaging with tourists, families and school parties; all helping to prepare you for the world of work.

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Taken straight from our virtual open evenings, Charlotte (one of the lecturers) gives us a guided tour of our Animal Management facilities!

Meet the Team


Charlotte Haines


"I spent 12 years working as a senior animal trainer of exotic species and presenter at Bristol Zoo Gardens"

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Maxine Park

Subject Area Manager

"We have great students, a fantastic team and a beautiful Animal Management Centre, which I can't wait to show off to you all."

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Laura Link

Curriculum Coordinator

"I was head veterinary nurse at a busy small animal hospital"

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Gill Cook

Lecturer and Degree Animal Management Co-ordinator

"I am a qualified horse-riding instructor. I started work in the animal industry rescuing horses with the RSPCA…"

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Tobias Capel

Associate Lecturer

"I have been involved in the conservation of sea-turtles where I was protecting green and loggerhead nests from people/predation as well as ensuring as many hatchlings made it to sea as possible…"

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Sarah Leaney


"I was Displays Supervisor at Weymouth Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary, where I was responsible for a team of aquarists looking after; seals, otters, penguins, sharks, jellyfish, seahorses…"

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Julie Way


"I teach a range of subjects on the course but animal behaviour and welfare are my favourite topics..."

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Mandy Patch


"I have been teaching since last year and love passing on my knowledge of the animal industry to others."

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What our students say

Arrianne Scoins, Animal Management

Arrianne Scoins

“The facilities were great when i studied there and the new facility at Puxton Park will be even more exciting!”

Former school: Worle

Course: Animal Management

What next? Gained employment after placement at Green Pastures Vets

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