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Work with exotic species at Brackenhurst
Extended Diploma

Animal Management


This course looks at the welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity and allows you to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the animal industry. You’ll gain a good understanding of animal biology, breeding and nutrition.

Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: September
Course length: Two years full-time
Study location: Brackenhurst campus

Fees and funding:

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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.