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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


Amy Shirley


Amy has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Greenwich, and is experienced in the surveying and monitoring of a range of British wildlife species including small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Upon completing her degree, Amy began working at Hadlow College as a Technical Instructor, where she was section lead for hoofstock, small mammals and poultry. Amy progressed to a lecturer position in 2016, where she then completed her PGCE. Amy teaches a wide range of subjects to many different levels across the department which includes, ecology, wildlife population management and small animal rehabilitation. Amy has a particular interest in wildlife law and also acts as a wildlife rescue/rehabilitation officer for her local community. 

Subject Specialisms

  • Ecology
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Wildlife law
  • Wildlife population surveying and monitoring
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
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Amy Shirley

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

Amy Shirley
Extended Diploma in Animal Management and BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity

"Hadlow college really stood out to me because of the amazing facilities and the friendly and approachable staff.  I attended a taster day when considering enrolling onto the Diploma and I was made to feel welcome, supported and left feeling inspired and enthused.  I knew from that day that I wanted to study at Hadlow.

"During my degree, my most enjoyable part was attending the lectures as they were planned extremely well and included interesting and thought provoking tasks and activities which contributed to my learning and development.  While on the course I gained experience at the Natural History Museum where I developed my species identification skills and public speaking.  I also began working on the animal unit at Hadlow assisting students completing their animal duties on a weekend; during this time, I started to develop my teaching skills.  In addition, I started working as a seasonal field assistant, helping to collect data to form part of wildlife assessments required for local building planning applications, also developing my professional report writing skills, as well as my survey skills.  The most notable memory from study at Hadlow was just how supportive and experienced the staff were.  They always went above and beyond to support, develop and guide me to achieving to the best of my ability.  I’ll never forget that and to this day I am still so grateful for the time and effort they put into seeing me succeed.

"My passion is Wildlife Conservation, at the heart of any successful and effective conservation programme is education, I discovered this during my studies.  Therefore, once I graduated, I progressed on to become a lecturer at Hadlow college.  I now deliver on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management as well as the Bsc and Fdsc Countryside Management course.  Since starting, I have completed my PGCE (teaching qualification) and have achieved two “expert judgements” in my college official observations.  I’m also a Teaching and Learning coach, as well as a mentor for new teachers undergoing teacher training.  A highlight of my career so far has been being nominated for Lecturer of the year for three years running and also nominated by my line manager, for Kent Teacher of the year.  Teaching can be challenging at times, however it is the most rewarding and fulfilling career."

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