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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


Dr. Rena Boothe

Lecturer and Course Manager

Dr Rena Boothe is an expert in ecology, zoology and entomology with experience both domestically and internationally. 

Rena has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Kent, an MPhil in Zoology and a BSc (Hons) General from The University of the West Indies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (HE) from Canterbury Christchurch University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from The University of the Bahamas. Rena has conducted ecological fieldwork in Jamaica, The Bahamas and the UK. With many years of teaching experience behind her, Rena has held various zoologist and teaching positions in Jamaica and the Bahamas, as well as more recently a teaching and research fellowship at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Joining Hadlow College a few years ago, Rena now teaches across the range of animal degrees and specialises in data management, biological control (entomology, animal behaviour and ecology), research design and breeding management and genetics. She is a current member of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is currently module leader for Data Management, Animal Health & Disease Management, Industry Experience & Skills Development, Breeding Management & Genetics and Current Issues.

Subject Specialisms:

  • Biological Control (insects)
  • Entomology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Ecology

Selected Publications & Research

  • Boothe R. A, Ponsonby DJ, Preziosi RF, Copland MJW. (2008). Tritrophic effects on survival and development in a coccidophagus coccinellid. Communications in Applied Biological Sciences, 73, 383-393.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Examining possible links between student perceptions, expectations and their final grades in Towards Excellent Science Teaching in University Based Education. Proceedings of The Science Learning and Teaching Conference 19 – 20, June 2007 at Keele University England. Eds. Chin, P; Clark, K; Doyle, S; Goodhew, P; Madden, T; Meskin, S; Overton, T. & Wilson, J. The HEA Subject Centres for Bioscience, Materials and Physical Sciences.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Tritrophic Effects on Survival and Development: Development of laboratory reared   Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae), an Abstract  in Postgraduate Perspectives. Antenna Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society 31, 116-117.
  • Boothe, R. A. & Ponsonby, D. J. (2006) Searching Behaviour in Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)’ Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences  71, 253-261
  • Landry, C.L., Rathcke, B.J., Kass, L.B., Elliott, N.B. & Boothe, R. A. (2005)  Flower visitors to white mangrove: A comparison between three Bahamian Islands and Florida. In: Eds. Buckner, S. D. McGrath T.A. Proceedings of The Tenth Symposium on the Natural History of The Bahamas. Gerace Research Center Ltd., San Salvador, Bahamas. pp 83-93.
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"My favourite aspect [of the course] was the practical wildlife surveys "

FdSc Animal Conservation and BSc Animal Conservation (Top up)
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"There is no better group of lecturers to have behind you to succeed than those at Hadlow.” 

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A highlight of my career so far has been being nominated for Lecturer of the year for three years running.

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“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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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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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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