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.

Home to the National Zoo Academy, 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.


The comprehensive animal collection provides students with hands-on practical experience in which they can apply their classroom learning. There are also opportunities to volunteer in order to gain additional, valuable experience in animal husbandry, building enclosures and giving guided tours on Open Days


See where an Animal Management course can lead you to in the future:

  • Animal Management and Behaviour
  • Zoo Keeping