Animal management

Prepare for an exciting career in the animal industry with our hands-on, specialist programme.

Choose a career pathway in animal management

Did you know 47% of the UK's population has a pet, meaning there are over 24 million pets in the UK?

Choose a career pathway in animal management and you will have the opportunity to work directly with animals at our brand new animal management centre in Banbury. 

Studying and learning in a hands-on environment, you will work directly with fish, insects, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets, and reptiles such as snakes and small lizards.

The programmes will equip students with the practical and technical skills needed for rewarding careers in the animal industry. Students will be able to undertake work experience placements at local animal care and management organisations. 

You will learn about:

  • animal welfare and health
  • principles of behaviour
  • feeding and care
  • basic animal biology

Our state-of-the-art animal management centre will help you develop skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment. Opening in September 2019, the new centre will house fantastic facilities and resources for learners.

More information coming soon – check back for updates!

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

The animal care industry is worth over £1 billion to the UK economy, and boasts over 13,000 businesses - from pet shops and sanctuaries, to zoos and wildlife parks.

Over 370,000 people work within animal occupations in the UK. Over 20% of animal care employees began their career through voluntary work. 

If you are a self-confessed 'animal person', a career in animal management might be perfect for you. Possible careers include:

  • animal technician
  • groom
  • pet shop worker
  • groundsperson
  • veterinary nurse


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.