What's the course all about?
The care and welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity has become a major growth area in the UK. With this comes the need for well-trained, skilled staff who are capable of caring for a wide range of species in a variety of contexts. You'll learn about animal related topics such as biology, health, behaviour, reproduction and breeding while also developing practical skills for handling and caring.
The course is well equipped to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to ensure you can pursue your dream career.
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Key course facts
You will have access to:
- a fantastic range of animals to study and learn about
- lots of practical hands-on learning – you get to work with animals throughout your studies
- world-class facilities that you get to use
- excellent employment rates after completion of the course
- industry with our links – zoos, wildlife parks and veterinary surgeries.
You will also develop practical skills and knowledge for a career in the animal sector.
You'll get to meet various guest lecturers when they come in to talk about specialist topics such as the work of the RSPCA and there's even visits to events such as Crufts.
Find out more about our Animal Unit.
What will I study?
The course is studied over two years and offers you the chance to develop the practical skills needed for a fulfilling career in the animal care industry. Additional modules will provide you with the theory needed to gain a good understanding of animal biology and care. As part of your practical work you'll get lots of hands-on experience with the animals, from handling through to everyday care.
- Animal Health
- Animal Biology
- Animal Welfare and Breed Development
- Animal Nutrition
- Exotic Animal Management
- Practical Animal Handling and Husbandry
- Wildlife Rehabilitation
- Land-based Estate Construction, Repair and Maintenance Skills
- Work-related Experience in the Animal Management Sector
- Animal Nursing
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry and Microbiology in Animal Management or Aquatics Management
- Animal Breeding and Genetics
- Farm Livestock Management
- Kennel and Cattery Management
- Animal Collection Management
- Investigative Project in the Animal Management Sector
How will I learn?
You'll learn through a variety of engaging and informative methods such as lectures, group discussion and practical demonstrations. Throughout the course guest speakers will bring their own knowledge and experience into your learning by providing an insight into specialist areas of the industry.
How will I be assessed?
You'll be assessed through written assignments, verbal presentations and class tests.
Animal Management facilities at Brackenhurst campus
Here at the Brackenhurst campus we've got such great facilities we just can't help shouting about them. Take a look below to see all the great things you'll be able to use during your studies:
- specially designed animal unit houses with over 200 animals from 61 species
- companion animals, reptiles, birds and other small animals
- large animals including goats, donkeys and poultry
- rodent, reptile and rabbit rooms
- ferret enclosure
- dog kennels housing up to 15 dogs
- cat room housing up to eight cats
- grooming facilities and isolation rooms
- outdoor tortoise enclosure
- koi pond
- poultry paddock
- goat and donkey paddocks
- access to a purpose built veterinary nursing unit.
After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course such as NTU's FdSc Animal Science, BSc (Hons) Animal Biology or our BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree.
You may also choose to go on and pursue a fulfilling career as:
- an animal carer
- trainee veterinary nurse
- laboratory assistant
- welfare assistant
- retail supervisor
- industry sales person
- dog groomer
- cattery / kennel owner.
Placement opportunities are a great way to broaden your knowledge and skills and during your course you'll be able to take part in work experience in a range of different animal related sectors.
You'll get to experience what life is like working in the industry and gain valuable skills that you can apply to your studies.
With our great links with industry you'll have the opportunity to work in areas such as:
- veterinary centres
- boarding kennels
- rescue centres
- You'll need four GCSEs including Maths, English and a Science at grade C or above.
- Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
- Applications are welcome from mature and international students.
How to apply
1) First, choose your course - use our open days, course brochures and website information to make an informed choice. Don't forget we're here to help every step of the way!
2) Next, request an application form - download a PDF version or call our Admissions Team on 01636 817099 to receive one in the post.
3) Now, complete your application form, asking a parent / guardian to sign it if you are under 18 and return to us at:
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
4) We'll then process your application and if you meet the criteria for the course, we'll invite you for an interview at our Brackenhurst campus to discuss your application in more detail with the course tutor.
If you have any questions or concerns when completing your application form, give us a call or drop us an email.
Confirming your place
Please let us know your GCSE results as soon as you receive them by calling 01636 817099. We can then confirm your place on the course and send you the relevant induction materials and start dates.
If you want to speak to us about this course, open days or how to apply then get in touch using the following details:
Telephone: 01636 817099 (Brackenhurst)
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Katie studied our BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management and progressed onto our BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology course.
Why I chose this course
“I love animals and I love science, so the option to study animal management and animal science was perfect!
Strengths and highlights of the course
“One of the main strengths of this course is the range of diverse subjects covered. We explored exotic animal management, kennel and cattery management, animal nursing, animal handling and biochemistry to name a few. Eighteen different subjects were covered in total during the course.
A key highlight of the animal management course is that a lot of animal handling is carried out to assist learning and duties are also compulsory on the animal unit (as part of the course) which allows students more time working with animals and experience working within an animal related environment.
Work experience placements
“Work experience was required as part of one of the modules, I completed a weeks work experience on the animal unit at Brackenhurst and three weeks work experience in two veterinary practices. There is also the option to go on a field trip for two weeks in Mauritius to volunteer on continued research projects NTU is involved in on the island of Ill Aux Aigrettes. I went on this trip during my first year on the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree and found it beneficial for learning about field research and conservation. Students are given a certificate in endangered species recovery after completion of the field trip.
Outside of college and university I volunteered with the Orangutan Foundation for just over six weeks in Borneo. I have also done some volunteering in the BUGS (biodiversity underpinning global survival) department at ZSL London Zoo and helped out on one of their ‘Friendly Spider Programmes’ for the day. Additionally I went to Peru for two months to conduct research on dung beetles in the Peruvian Amazon and this data was used for my dissertation project.
Lecturers have been really supportive
“Our lecturers have been brilliant and are always more than willing to support and help us with all aspects of our courses. Should students require assistance non-course related then lecturer’s will point them to the relevant staff/departments.
I would recommend the course to others
“I would definitely recommend both the courses that I have done at Brackenhurst to others; I have really enjoyed studying at Nottingham Trent University. If you are willing to put the work and effort in then go for it!
“I have always been interested in becoming a teacher/lecturer and this was confirmed when I was studying the animal management BTEC – I wanted to teach animal science and still do!
I applied for and have been offered a place on the PGCE post-compulsory (post graduate certificate in education) course at Nottingham Trent University."
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