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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.

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

 

Lorraine Bell

Undergraduate Lecturer and Programme Leader FdSc Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare

Lorraine has a BSc (Hons) Animal Management from University of Greenwich and PGDip in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Southampton. She is involved in the animal behaviour and welfare field, working as an Undergraduate Lecturer and Programme Leader since 2005. She has extensive knowledge in applied animal training and problem behaviour management, both in companion, domestic and exotic animal species.

She also has extensive experience in practical animal care including equine and was an Animal Health Case Manager with Trading Standards. Lorraine has also been trained as an A1 Assessor and has worked with organisations such as the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, veterinary surgeries, kennels and catteries within this remit.

On a yearly basis, Lorraine manages and leads the academic study tours to South Africa for Hadlow College where students take part in a wide range of activities in the field that compliments their learning in conjunction with units studied as part of their university programme. She is also a Teacher Training Mentor.

Subject Specialisms

  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Animal cognition and learning
  • Companion animal behaviour management and training
  • Applied animal welfare concepts and application within animal industry situations
  • Anthrozoological relationships with a special interest in the links between animal cruelty and domestic violence with an emphasis on human psychology

Continual Professional Development

An extensive range of training including conference, seminar and workshop attendance relating to animal behaviour, welfare & training.  Four-day workshop in animal training at Twycross Zoo. A wide range of in-house training relating to teaching and learning.

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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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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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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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