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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.

Careers

  • 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.

Joe has completed venomous arachnid training with Venomtech, as well as gained experience with venomous snakes, big cats and crocodilians. More recently Joe has been interested in how connectivity to nature affects human subjective well-being.

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.
  • Surveying
  • Ecology
     
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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.

Extended Diploma in Animal Management and BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity
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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.”

Animal Management
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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.

BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation & Biodiversity
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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 ...

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare
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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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