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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

 

Mark Beeching

Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare

Mark has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Animal Behaviour Studies) and extensive experience in the animal behavioural field; working to inform product development for companies and contributing to research into poultry housing for the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

Since 2001, Mark has been a partner in an animal behaviour consultancy which specialises in canine and feline behaviour management, although has dealt with avian and small mammal cases. In this role, Mark has assisted with legal cases dealing with canine-related incidents and provided training classes for owners. 

Subject Specialisms
 
  • Application of behaviour modification techniques to aid in management and welfare of captive animals
  • Companion animal behaviour management and training
  • The evolutionary development of behaviour and its role within comparative psychology. 
  • Applied animal welfare concepts and application within animal industry situations.  
  • Anthrozoological relationships and the impacts of human psychology on the treatment of animals.
Publications & Research
 

UFAW Conference July 2008, Poster presentation ‘Are Black Rhinoceros stressed by the presence of noisy visitors? A study looking at the behavioural and physiological effects of stress’.

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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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