Animal and Zoo Management

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Animal Management

 

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With an international reputation for animal studies, Sparsholt is the starting point for a career in this highly competitive marketplace. With our specialist facilities and an extensive range of animals in our Animal Management Centre including rare breeds, domestic, exotic and large farm animals, you will gain theoretical and practical experience relevant for most careers in animal care. We also have a reptile house with a variety of exotic invertebrates to add an additional dimension to your studies.

As one of the few colleges with a Zoo Licence our Animal Management Centre is open to the public and our students get to interact with visitors, providing information about animal care and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Careers

From working in a pet shop to becoming a leading scientist in animal diet and nutrition, the options are endless and exciting in the world of animal studies.

We also have strong links with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to provide students with the right experience and academic knowledge needed to study Bio-Veterinary Science. Industry visits, campus talks and summer schools give our students the support needed to continue into a career in Veterinary Science.

  • Sales, pet retail outlets and marketing; small business to superstore
  • Kennel work, which can lead to management or self-employment
  • Animal societies and charitable organisations such as the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross
  • Grooming parlours
  • Animal training and handling for private owners
  • Animal behaviour work assisting owners and other professionals with behaviour related issues
  • Training and handling working dogs, for example police dogs, guide dogs, Customs and Excise
  • Assistant keeper to an animal collection
  • Education officer within a zoological park
  • Conservation work in the UK or abroad
  • Companion animal breeding/boarding (kennels and catteries)
  • Exclusive links to the Marwell wildlife work experience programme

Sparsholt College also runs the Diploma in Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) in partnership with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for people already working in the zoo community.

Student Story

I always knew I wanted to work with animals but I really wanted the scientific knowledge too, so I came to Sparsholt. You get to work with so many species and animals. All the lecturers have been brilliant and I’ve learnt more in one year than I ever thought possible. I’m always really proud to tell people I’ve studied at Sparsholt.

Rebecca Weech, Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management
 

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Clothing and PPE

Students may wear any clothing for theory lessons, but special clothing must be work for practical sessions.

Please visit our Animal Management Clothing and PPE page for details.

 

 

Facilities

  • 500+ animals from over 100 species
  • Zoo licence
  • Members of British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA)
  • Grooming centre, kennelling and cattery
  • Professional Veterinary Nursing Training Centre
  • Landscaped animal housing areas (including red panda enclosure) and paddocks for larger species of hoof stock and birds
  • Specialist facilities for reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates
  • Access to 2,000 plus farm animals and aquatic species

You will have the opportunity to take part in animal health and husbandry duties as part of your course, providing you with additional hands on practical training and taking part in the day to day care of our valuable animal collection and getting involved in breeding programmes. You will also help to construct and maintain the animal enclosures – again an important aspect of your studies providing valuable skills for employment.

 

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