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Animal Management

STUDYING ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AT WESTON COLLEGE 

You will get the chance to work with an exciting new range of animals thanks to our partnership with Puxton Park, including domestic, farm and exotic animals include tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus, stick insects and more ...

You will be based both at Knightstone Campus and Puxton Park, where you will benefit from:

  • A bespoke animal management campus.
  • Weekly experience within an outstanding zoo farm.
  • The opportunity to study and work with a wide range of animal species from insects to primates.
  • Teaching from industry specialists.
  • Opportunities to undertake meaningful and substantial work experience.
  • Trips to animal establishments.
  • Guest lectures from a wide range of industry specialists

Use this page to discover your perfect course, and apply direct right here.

Careers in Animal Management

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Animals are extremely important to our lives and there is a huge variety of careers in the animal care sector. The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UKs economy. It has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers.

We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Our qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers and have a proven record of helping students gain animal management related jobs and onto relevant degrees.

Our programmes are endorsed by:

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Level 1

Animal Care Land Based Studies, Certificate

1 Year
Sep 2024
PUXTON PARK
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The Animal Care Land Based Studies Certificate is an ideal starting point for animal lovers seeking a career in the animal care industry. The comprehensive course combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical work to equip you with the necessary skills and experience for working with animals. Throughout the course, one day per week wi...

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Level 2

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant, Apprenticeship

33 Months
Aug 2024
COURSE CANCELLED
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The Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship offers a rewarding opportunity for individuals who are passionate about working with animals and seeking employment in the field. As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced professionals at award-winning Puxton Park, gaining valuable job-specific skills, knowledge, and behaviours ...

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Level 2

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant, Apprenticeship

33 Months
Aug 2024
COURSE CANCELLED
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The Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship offers a rewarding opportunity for individuals who are passionate about working with animals and seeking employment in the field. As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced professionals at award-winning Puxton Park, gaining valuable job-specific skills, knowledge, and behaviours ...

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Level 2

Animal Care Technical Certificate

1 Year
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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The Animal Care Technical Certificate is ideal if you have little experience of working with animals. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical activities and projects. The course emphasises hands-on training – you will develop practical animal handling skills and gain an understanding of the basic care of a wide range of animal speci...

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Level 3

Animal Care and Management, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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The Animal Care and Management T Level is a vocational qualification created to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the animal care industry. The course involves a significant amount of theory and science. Our experienced tutors are dedicated to teaching you the necessary theory to complement your practical...

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Level 3

Animal Management, BTEC Extended Diploma

18 - 24 Months
Sep 2024
PUXTON PARK
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The Animal Care BTEC Extended Diploma is an ideal choice for animal lovers who aspire to develop their animal care skills and work in the industry. While physically demanding, this course offers immense satisfaction as you will see the positive impact you can have on animals' lives. The course provides a balanced blend of theory and practica...

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OUR ANIMAL MANAGEMENT VIDEOS

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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.

See more about the facilities here

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

Lecturer

"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

Lecturer

"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

Lecturer

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

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Mandy Patch

Lecturer

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

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THE FACILITIES

You will get the chance to work with an exciting range of animals thanks to our partnership with Puxton Park, one of the region’s top visitor attractions.

Your classroom lectures will come to life as you carry out practical sessions at the park, enabling you to develop industry specific skills working with the park’s specialist facilities and animals.

Puxton’s range of domestic, farm and exotic animals include tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus and stick insects.

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

You will be based both at Knightstone Campus and Puxton Park, where you will benefit from:

  • A bespoke animal management campus.
  • Weekly experience within an outstanding zoo farm.
  • The opportunity to study and work with a wide range of animal species from insects to primates.
  • Teaching from industry specialists.
  • Opportunities to undertake meaningful and substantial work experience.
  • Trips to animal establishments.
  • Guest lectures from a wide range of industry specialists.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Taylor White
Taylor
The practical side of the course, and the fact that it is predominantly coursework based, is something that really appealed to me - nothing beats the day-to-day hands-on experience and interactions with animals.
Studied:

Animal Managment, Extended Diploma

Raven
Raven
The practical side of the course was amazing...working hands-on with the animals at the Puxton Park campus helps you to understand and learn things so much quicker.
Studied:

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

LATEST NEWS

Group of learners holding alligator

<p>At Weston College, we understand and emphasise the importance of planning your dream career, and helping you take all the steps needed to reach that goal.</p>

<p>Making connections with employers is a great way of securing plans for your future, so creating opportunities for learners to meet guest speakers from the industry is a highly valuable part of the courses, particularly the programmes endorsed by the Career Excellence Hub (CEH). When a course is endorsed by the CEH, it means the qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers, and they have a proven record of helping students gain relevant jobs.</p>

<p>Our Animal Management learners had a great introduction to employers from the industry, through an Animal Careers Fest, held at the Puxton Park campus. Throughout the day, multiple animal-related professionals met the learners to explain their journey to where they are now, answering questions and giving the inside scoop of how to succeed in the animal industry. Pete, from the Reptile Zone in Bristol, was one of the visitors, who bought along Ali G the alligator, and Frank the chameleon. Staff (and guinea pigs!) from Barnaby’s Bunny Barn also gave talks on their experience, as well as the RSPCA.</p>

<p>The learners fully utilised their time with each professional, asking in depth and detailed questions about how to follow in their footsteps. The professionals all explained their advice, following along the similar mantra of “know your stuff!”</p>

<p>Each learner even had the opportunity to hold and interact with Ali G the alligator, as featured in the photographs, which, though daunting, was the highlight of the day!</p>

<p>Click here if you’re interested in looking into animal management, and <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/anima… here to find out more about the Career Excellence Hub.</a></p>

baby emu chick stood on sawdust looking into camera

<p>Animal Management are delighted to introduce the newest addition to the team: baby Emu, Egbert. Egbert’s carers have been spending lots of quality time with the little chick, in the hopes that he would imprint on them.</p>

<p>This is something that Emus do in the wild in order to learn and identify with their caregivers, in Egbert’s case this is the wonderful Animal Management team.</p>

<p>The incredible staff and students have had great success, with Egbert following them around everywhere and becoming a popular and beloved member of the family.</p>

<p>Emus are native to Australia, and so the students have relished in the rare opportunity to engage in such hands-on experience working with the unique and interesting Egbert.<br />
<br />
Our <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/anima… 3 Animal Management BTEC Extended Diploma</a> is taught at Knightstone Campus, with practical work based at our Puxton Park facilities, offering students relevant and crucial industry experience.</p>

<p>This course provides learners with the opportunity to work with a wide range of animals while gaining detailed academic knowledge of animal science, behaviours and management.</p>

<p>Our brilliant tutors cover topics such as animal health, nutrition, welfare and breed development as well as supporting learners to interact with amazing animals like Egbert.<br />
<br />
Our Animal&nbsp;department&nbsp;increases career-boosting benefits through the creation of the <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/career-excellence-hubs">Animal Management&nbsp;Career Excellence Hub</a>.&nbsp;</p>

<p>These innovative subject specific hubs allow for students at Weston College to have access to exclusive opportunities such as this.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Endorsed by employers from within the industry, this enables for better integration with the sector to make sure class content is relative and opens doors for learners, so they leave college with more than just a qualification.</p>

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<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/anima… you want to start your career working with animals, click here to take a look at our courses in Animal Management!</a></p>

Kameron Animal Management

<p>Animal Management is a hugely important industry, which is worth over £2 billion to the UK economy. We have launched our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub to meet the need of careers within the sector, with over 59% of households having pets, the need for vets and animal specialists is rapidly increasing.</p>

<p>The Career Excellence Hubs have been created to get our learners to reach their ultimate career goals by focussing on future employability and developing the skills that they will need to have a successful career!</p>

<p>Our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub is focused on providing our learners with the right learning environment to help them to reach their potential. Lecturers provide concepts and ideas through their own industry experience which is valuable to the students as it provides them with 21st Century employability skills and ‘real world learning’ through employer briefs and real-life case studies and scenarios. The course is co-designed with local endorsers which include Noah's Ark Zoo, North Somerset Agricultural Society and Puxton Park. Through our endorsers we offer enhanced work experience and provide unrivalled exposure.</p>

<p>They will get to study in state-of-the-art learning spaces at Puxton Park which enables them to develop industry-specific skills working within the park’s extensive farmland, facilities and wide range of farm and domestic animals. This gives our learners the opportunity to gain a valuable hands-on experience and prepares them with all the tools they will need to succeed in their educational journey to their chosen careers.</p>

<p>With the Animal Management campus being in the heart of Puxton Park, it gives the learners the opportunity to gain a valuable hands-on experience and preparing them with all the tools they will need to succeed in their educational journey to their chosen careers. Animal Management is an exciting and varied industry with many career paths our learners can take, these include zoologist, veterinary nurse, and animal physiotherapist.</p>

<p>For more information on how to apply to Weston College and join our amazing Career Excellence Hub for Animal Management, <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/anima… here</a>.</p>

MEET THE TEAM

Outside of knightstone Campus
Julie
I teach a range of subjects on the course but animal behaviour and welfare are my favourite topics...
‪Lecturer in Animal Science
Sarah holding a tortoise
Sarah
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…
Lecturer in Animal Management

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