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Animal Management

Providing a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of animal care, students will benefit 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.

The animal management industry across the UK employs 78,000 people and contributes £1 billion to the British economy. Students studying Animal Management have the opportunity to progress through different levels up to Higher Education or into employment.

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


Dr. Ambrose Tinarwo

Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Partnerships, Research and Development Manager

Ambrose has a PhD in Animal Welfare Physiology from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science from the University of Zimbabwe. His interests are in animal behaviour, welfare and anthrozoology. After his PhD, he worked for animal welfare charities, colleges and in research. He currently teaches Advanced Animal Cognition and Behavioural Therapies, Advanced Animal Behaviour and Practical Animal Nutrition. His research interests are in applied farm animal welfare, pet behaviour and animal ethics. Ambrose’s job role includes establishing strategic partnerships with the industry and supporting research within the faculty.   

Subject Specialisms

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Ethics
  • Anthrozoology

Publications & Research

  • Ellis, C.F., McCormick, W. and Tinarwo, A. (2017) Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 20, (3):230-239.
  • Ratcliffe, J., McCormick, W.D. & Tinarwo, A (2015) Causes of livestock vehicle accidents in the UK and consequences for animals involved. Recent Advances II. HAS International Symposium 2015. 16-17 July. Zagreb.
  • Ward, S. J., Liste, G. & Tinarwo, A (2011) Attitudes of UK sheep farmers towards fostering methods: A national survey. Small Ruminant Research 99:87– 92.
  • Gregory, N.G., Spence, J.Y., Mason, C.W., Tinarwo, A. & Heasman, L. (2009) Effectiveness of poll stunning water buffalo with captive bolt guns. Meat Science 81(1): 178-182.
  • Knowles, T. G., Brown, S. N., Warriss, P.D., Lines, J., Tinarwo, A. & Sendon, M. (2008) Effect of electrical stunning at slaughter on the quality of farmed turbot (Psetta maxima). Aquaculture Research 39 (16): 1731-1738.
  • Knowles, TG, Brown, SN, Warriss, PD, Lines, J, Tinarwo, A, Bravo, A, Carvalho, H & Gonçalves, A 2007, 'Effect of electrical stunning at slaughter on the carcass, flesh and eating quality of farmed sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)' Aquaculture Research, vol 38 (16), pp. 1732 – 1741.
  • Tinarwo, Ambrose (2006). "The ethical slaughter of farmed fish". Ethics And The Politics Of Food: Preprints of the 6th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics: EurSAFE 2006 Olso, Norway, June 22-24, 2006. Wageningen Academic Publishers. p. 460. ISBN978-9086860081


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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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