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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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    Life at Hadlow College

    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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    Travelling to College

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David Courtneidge

"My favourite aspect [of the course] was the practical wildlife surveys "

David Courtneidge
FdSc Animal Conservation and BSc Animal Conservation (Top up)

I chose Hadlow college due to the location, also the combination of practical surveying practise, and pure conservation focussed modules within the course. My favourite aspect was the practical wildlife surveys and I also enjoyed completing my final dissertation, studying freshwater macroinvertebrates and their health in rivers within Kent. Another notable memory was surveying bats on the lake near the Animal Management Unit.

Following the course, I started working for London Wildlife Trust (in April 2016) after a year-long internship with Kent Wildlife Trust and a couple of years volunteering with other organisations within Kent. My current role focusses on conservation of freshwater habitats within the Greater London area. This involves undertaking habitat and species-based surveys of those sites, alongside volunteers. Then, leading practical conservation sessions with volunteers on rivers, canals, ponds and lakes.

I also sit on several Catchment Improvement Groups within London, plus I work closely with the British Dragonfly Survey on their work to survey dragonflies within the capital for which we will be producing a Guide to Dragonflies in London.

Career highlights to date have included my work to install over 280m2 of floating reedbeds within the canals of Thamesmead in SE London. These canals are entirely concrete and faced on many sides by commercial and residential buildings. After several months of debating how to improve the canals for wildlife, we decided to install a number of floating habitats within the canal system. This work was funded by the Greater London Authority and the Environment Agency and will be repeated in 2020.

If you are looking for a similar role, my advice would be to gain as much practical/vocational experience alongside your degree. Internships and placements are important for helping you understand the industry you want to work in.

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