Our Veterinary Nursing degree programme is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and our Veterinary Nursing Training Centre is used for veterinary nursing examination and training purposes.
The facility is equipped to represent a contemporary veterinary practice which allows our students to gain realistic experience in a work setting. Our students are able to use these facilities to relate their theory work to relevant practical elements of their future careers.
The College has a purpose-built Animal Management Centre, which continues to expand and grow to meet rising expectations and standards of animal welfare. The large number of species accommodated within the animal collection enables students to develop their practical animal handling and husbandry skills.
The animal collection incorporates a variety of bird species including small aviary birds, rare breed poultry, pheasants, waterfowl and rhea – a large flightless South American bird. A number of our bird species are listed as endangered and form part of either a national or international breeding programme. For example, the College collaborates with organisations such as the World Pheasant Association and Rare Breeds Survival Trust who manage the conservation of these animals.
The Animal Management Centre has developed an exemplary collection of herptiles that includes an extensive range of snakes, lizards, chelonia (tortoises, for example) and amphibians. A number of these species are listed as endangered, and through our industry links we are fortunate to have a number of rare species that contribute to a variety of international conservation initiatives.
Our large animals represent species that may be kept in a small holding or zoological collection and include species such as goats, llamas and alpacas. Other more unusual species accommodated in our outdoor sections include wallaby and mara. The College farm operates commercially and provides opportunities for the routine handling of farm animals within the pig, dairy and lambing units.
Zoo Licence and BIAZA
Having achieved the status of a licensed zoo in 2006, the Animal Management Centre is able to accommodate exotic species such as red panda, meerkats, tenrecs and several species of lemur. The College is a full member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquarium (BIAZA) and this, together with our zoo licence, underpins the development of our conservation work.