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Ani­mal Science

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.

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.

Animal First Aid - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who has pets or who regularly looks after animals, either voluntarily or as part of their job.

Animal Management (Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma) - Full-time)

This course is perfect if you want to work with animals, either directly hands-on or within wider allied services or businesses.

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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