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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


Elizabeth Webb

Team Leader HE Animal Management

Liz has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, has worked at the College for a number of years and manages the Higher Education provision in the Animal Management department. She teaches a range of subjects across the department, specialising in ecology, in and ex situ conservation and conservation tourism.

Liz also runs a residential study tour to Jersey Zoo (formerly Durrell Wildlife Park) in Jersey and also co-ordinates a Scottish study tour to the Cairngorms and Moray Firth.

She has worked extensively in the animal management industry on various projects, such as a water vole reintroduction project with Wildwood Trust. In addition, she is a regular participant in practical surveying of birds and small mammals, piloting new techniques and working with organisations such as the Bat Conservation Trust and the Mammal Society. Liz was also an advisor on the Environmental Stewardship Scheme during the initial launch phase in the South East.

A qualified Marine Medic with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Liz has received specific marine mammal related first aid training and is cetacean ID qualified with the Sea Watch Foundation.

In terms of professional associations, Liz is a member of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and regular attendee at ZSL meetings and symposia in London and a member of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and RSPB.

Liz is also currently aiding the review of modules for the new EPZQF - European Professional Zookeeper Qualification Framework before launch.

Subject Specialisms: 

  • Ecology
  • In and ex situ conservation
  • Conservation tourism

Publications & Research:

  • Webb, E (2016) Tweeting: Worth the investment? HE Research Journal, Issue 2 and presented at the HE conference.
  • Webb, E (2011) "What Makes a Good Farm for Wildlife?" International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability Vol. 9, Iss. 4
  • Webb, E (2005) "Countryside Management at Hadlow College - Training for a career in a Park Ranger Service", Ranger Magazine, Issue 73
  • Role on Wild Thing: I Love You (Water Voles) TV programme for C4
  • Wildlife photos published on BBC Wildlife Magazine website
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David Courtneidge

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

FdSc Animal Conservation and BSc Animal Conservation (Top up)
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Eleanor Denniss

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

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, BSc(Hons) in Animal Conservation & Biodiversity
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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.

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Clare Beadle

“There are many different exotics we get in – we’ve seen flamingos, snow leopards. We do get a varied amount of animals that come through.”

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Chloe Brooker

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.

BSc Animal Management
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Matt Town

The emphasis on practical skills and industry experience creates many opportunities to build networks and equips students with the essential skills employers seek.

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Georgia Child

I would highly recommend studying for a degree at Hadlow. I know it sounds like a cliché, but choosing to study at Hadlow was honestly the best decision I have ...

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Matt O'Leary

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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