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Animal Science

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If you would like a career working with and caring for animals, then these courses could be just what you’re looking for.

You will benefit from our specially designed animal science facilities, which are well-equipped for learning essential skills such as grooming, handling and caring for small animals.

You’ll find that our lecturers share your passion for animals and have many years of experience of working with them.

Over the years they have built up partnerships with many charities and organisations, like Stonebridge City Farm and Woodside Stables, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get out of the classroom on visits.

Careers in Animal Science

At Nottingham College, we have all the skills and knowledge that you need to have a successful career working with animals.

Our animal science courses will be a huge stepping stone to a range of employment and further study options.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Animal Carer, an Animal Welfare Officer, a Dog Groomer, a Farm Worker, a Horse Riding Instructor, a Kennel Assistant, a Park Ranger, a Veterinary Nurse or a Zoo Keeper – there are many choices available to you.

Employers within the animal science industry include animal charities, who may focus on welfare, training, rescue, conservation, rehoming or campaigning. Scientific organisations like pharmaceutical companies or medical research companies may employ graduates to care animals in laboratories. Zoos and sanctuaries are also common employers, as are international welfare organisations campaigning, fundraising and protecting animals worldwide.

Animal nutrition is a growing area with opportunities in animal health, feed development and sales. Local government and animal enforcement organisations employ graduates to protect the welfare of pets, livestock and leisure animals like those used for racing and riding.

Did you know?

  • It is expected that, by 2020, the animal care industry will need at least 90,000 new entrants.
  • The animal care industry is currently worth £1 billion to the UKs economies.
  • The animal care industry currently has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers.
  • Over one-fifth of animal care employees began their career through voluntary work.
  • The average salary for animal care workers is £15,000 or more.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Animal Science but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Animal Care (Level 2) - Full-time

If you enjoy and have some experience in caring for animals, and you would like a career in a related industry such as zoos, animal welfare or the equestrian industry then course is for you.

Land Based Studies (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love animals and would like to learn about their care, while exploring a career working with them.

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