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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


Joseph Parker-Jones

Lecturer in Animal Management

Joseph joined Hadlow College as a mature student in 2011, gaining a 1st class honours degree in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity in 2014. Afterwards he did an MSc in Conservation project management at the University of Kent, with a research thesis that looked at eDNA survey methods compared with traditional survey methods in low-density Great crested newt ponds. He started as a lecturer at Hadlow College in January 2016.

He is in the process of applying for a class 1 Great crested newt licence and has attended several recent conferences, including the Future of Conservation in Kent (University of Kent), and the first European Croc Networking Meeting in Oct 2016.

Joseph was an intern zookeeper for Large Carnivores in 2015, looking after Malaysian Tigers, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears and Maned Wolves, among others. He also has experience working at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre and Crocodiles of the World.

Subject specialisms

  • Species ecology & conservation, particular of wild felids and crocodilians
  • Zoo-animal husbandry
  • Habitat management
  • Human-animal conflict.
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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.

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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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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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