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Animal management

Our pathway in animal management offers exciting and rewarding opportunities to work directly with animals, based at our animal management centre in Banbury.

About our animal management programmes

Studying and learning in a hands-on environment, you will have the opportunity to work directly with fish, insects, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets, and reptiles such as snakes and small lizards. Our animal management centre will help you develop skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment.

Opened in September 2019, the new centre houses fantastic facilities and resources for learners.

The programmes equip you with the practical and technical skills needed for rewarding careers in the animal industry, and you 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
  • breeding programmes
  • building animal enclosures and environments
  • animal enrichment

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


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.

What could my future job look like?

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

The animal management industry

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, with many being volunteers. In fact, over 20% of animal care employees began their career through voluntary work.

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Industry partnerships

We work with local businesses to design our programmes so that you leave Activate Learning with the exact skills that employers are looking for.

Furthermore, work placements give you practical experience and insight into potential careers within this sector.