Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry.
There are one and two year options available with the Level 3 pathway and we will work with you to decide which is best for you.
This course is for anyone with sound academic ability who wishes to study a vocational qualification which is mostly theory-based with some practical input. The course allows you to gain a supervisory level qualification which will enhance your employability in the animal industry, but will also allow progression to university study.
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You have a commitment to working with animals and sound academic ability.
Five GCSEs at grade C or 4, including English, maths and science.
About animal health, feeding, animal handling and safe working, anatomy and physiology, animal biology, complete a research investigation project and work experience. Optional units may include: welfare and breed development, exotic pet health and husbandry, and wildlife management and rehabilitation.
Practical lessons delivered at our animal units and a weekly work experience placement as well as block weeks to gain key employability skills.
Our state-of-the-art animal management centres at Duchy College provide dedicated access to a huge range of animal species: exotics, birds and farm animals at Duchy Rosewarne; small mammals, farm
livestock and horses at Duchy Stoke Climsland and zoo animal
experience at Dartmoor Zoological Park. We also have very strong links with industry.
Take part in field trips to zoos, wildlife parks, animal sanctuaries and our life-changing trip to Africa.
Gain valuable practical experience at all campuses with access to a wide range of animal collections.
Employment within the animal industry, or university study such as our FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology, FdSc Animal Health & Management, FdSc Veterinary Nursing or FdSc Zoological Conservation.
Careers in this industry
- Animal care assistant
- Dog groomer
- Animal trainer/behaviorist
- Dog warden
- Pet shop assistant
Faye Archell Programme Manager - Animal ManagementFaye spent some time working as an aquarist at Southend Sea Life Centre after gaining a degree in Wildlife Management before starting teaching in 2002. She has worked with cetaceans and marine turtles at a rehabilitation centre in Florida and Rhesus and Bonnet Macaques rescued from the pet trade in Goa. Faye is also a wildlife officer with the charity ORCA and regularly carries out marine mammal surveys on ferry and cruise line routes.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.