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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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    Learning Resource Centre

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    Student Support

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    When you become a student at Hadlow College, it is your chance to get involved, try new things and make new friends for life, as well as gaining qualifications and essential work skills.
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Chloe Brooker

Chloe Brooker smiling at the camera holding a goat

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.

Chloe Brooker
BSc Animal Management

I chose to attend Hadlow College as they offered the course I wanted to study and I enjoyed my 2 years doing the animal management level 3 course previously. I studied Animal Management BSc from 2013 to 2016. 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.

My favourite aspect of the course was learning about more in depth subjects based around animals such as problem animal behaviour and anatomy.

In order to apply for my job I needed a BSc subject linked to the role. I also needed a wide range of animal care skills, which is what the course provided me. My job involves general animal care of a range of species, from hoof stock to reptiles and small mammals. I need to know about animal nutrition and medical treatments, as well as general health care. I also work with students who have learning difficulties, teaching them animal care skills. Teaching students new skills is very rewarding.

Applying to a course that is relevant to what you want to do in the future is vital and putting 110% effort into the work is very rewarding once you’ve finished. Gaining experience in the sector is also important, so reaching out to companies/jobs relevant to what you want to do in the future is a great step in attaining different skills.

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