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Animal Management

The animal management industry across the UK employs 78,000 people and contributes £1 billion to the British economy. Our courses provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of animal care, with students benefiting from a mix of theory combined with a large degree of practical work at our custom-built animal management unit.

You will learn about the structure and function of the animal body, animal welfare, animal health and nursing. Throughout the courses, you will be required to complete work experience to develop your practical skills, both on the animal unit and externally.

Undertaking practical duties as part of their course, students benefit from a wide range of experiences and opportunities to work with both exotic and domestic animal species. Students are involved in all aspects of husbandry and management from planning animal collections, designing and maintaining enclosures to day-to-day animal care within an animal collection set up as a commercial enterprise. Students benefit from using the most up-to-date equipment in the aquaria, pet trade and zoological fields.

Pathways Available

The College offers full-time Level 1 to Level 3 further education courses in Animal Management, apprenticeships in Animal Welfare and Veterinary Nursing and degree programmes in Animal Conservation, Animal Behaviour and Zoo Husbandry.

Partnerships for Area

The Pet Charity, Pet Industry Federation and Centre of Applied Pet Ethology.


  • Animal Boarding Assistant
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Animal Trainer
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Animal Management Instructor
  • Animal Welfare Inspector
  • RSPCA Inspector
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Animal Conservationist
  • Animal Keeper


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Dr. Adebayo Asolo


Dr. Adebayo Asolo has been teaching on our range of Animal Management courses and the International Agriculture degree programmes for 10 years. With broad-based veterinary experience of about 3 decades in domestic pets, livestock/poultry and polo horses, he brings an unrivalled range of industry experience with his impressive CV, including time spent in Africa working with organisations such as Pfizer Animal Health Pharmaceuticals, Livestock Feeds PLC and the Lagos Polo Club. He has worked extensively as veterinary consultant to the government and various large livestock organisations in Africa, caring for over a million poultry birds and thousands of large animals, including ruminants, pigs and rabbits. He has also spent time working in an agricultural production/marketing establishment in the United Kingdom.

During his working career, Ade has found the time to qualify as a barrister and solicitor, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006, working for a time in a highbrow legal firm as a barrister, before moving back into veterinary and animal care.

Outside of the College, Ade continues to work as an expert veterinarian and law adviser and is an ordained church minister. He has authored and published over twenty books. With his multidisciplinary skills and talents, Ade is a member of the Nigerian Medical Veterinary Association (NVMA), Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). 


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Masters of Business Administration (MBA – Marketing Management), Lagos State University, Nigeria.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Lagos State University, Nigeria
Barrister-at-Law, (BL) - called to the Bar in 2006 through the Nigerian Law School
Cert.HWM - Advanced Practice Certificate in Housing & Welfare Management
SIA – UK Security Industry Authority Licenced. CCTV Operations (Public Space Surveillance) & Door Supervision

Subject Specialisms:
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Agro-Veterinary Business & Law
  • Studies in Parasitological, Biochemical and Pathological changes in Trypanosomal infected New Zealand breed of Rabbits. – Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Marketing Mix of Eggs. – Department of Business Administration, Lagos State University, Nigeria.
  • A Critical Appraisal of Testamentary Succession in administration of Estate in Nigeria - Faculty of Law, Lagos State University, Nigeria
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"My favourite aspect [of the course] was the practical wildlife surveys "

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"There is no better group of lecturers to have behind you to succeed than those at Hadlow.” 

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A highlight of my career so far has been being nominated for Lecturer of the year for three years running.

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A great memory was meeting a great group of people, not just students but lecturers and being able to extend my knowledge in the animal sector.

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Hadlow offered me the opportunity to gain practical experience with companion, exotic and farm animals. It taught me the fundamentals of animal care and the confidence to excel.

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