With an international reputation for animal studies and zoo management, and rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Sparsholt is the ideal starting point for a career in this highly
competitive industry.

Our specialist Animal Management Centre houses 1,200 animals from 200 species including rare breeds, domestic, exotic and large farm animals –  enabling you to 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 students gain valuable work experience through their public interactions.