This course is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, zoological and welfare aspects of the animal management industry and provide the training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local veterinary practices and wildlife organisations.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Welfare and ethics
- Health and disease
- Practical animal husbandry
- Business management for the animal care industry
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
If your programme of study is over two years, you will be able to specialise in:
- Animal nursing
- Companion animals
- Zoological and wildlife conservation.
One or two years, depending on your programme choice.
Students can progress to one of our many Animal Management degree courses.
Students are assessed through practical work, theory assignments, reports, posters, presentations and lab experiments.
Students undertake one day per week or block week(s) for work experience, related trips and residential, practical sessions on the animal unit / kennels and farm. Students will complete a minimum of one week of kennel duties and one weekend of animal unit duties to develop employability skills. This equates to approximately 300 hours.
Work as an animal carer in a veterinary practice or educational establishment, trainee animal keeper or ranger in zoos or safari parks, animal technician and supervisor, animal charity worker, animal attendant, wildlife assistant or trainee dog warden.
Application is through our online application form, by calling 0800 731 82 81 or by the Common Application Process (CAP).
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat*, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe-capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
*Lab coat is not needed for all pathways.
Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, preferably including Science, English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. A satisfactory reference is also needed.
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management
There is nowhere in the country that can compare with Bishop Burton College’s Animal Management facilities and expertise, according to Callum.
He has benefitted from work experience placements at The Deep, in Hull, and a local veterinary practice but says it is the outstanding facilities, range of animals and expert tutors that make studying Animal Management at the College such a fantastic experience.
“We learn about animal welfare, animal science, legislation, law and how to look after animals – so all aspects really,” said Callum.
“We work with anything from mice up to wallabies, meerkats, lemurs and primates. My favourites to work with are probably the otters because they are so cheeky.
“It is a really well structured course and I enjoy the science aspect. The facilities are brilliant and the tutors are ace. I live on campus because I come from near London and there is nowhere quite like this. It is definitely the place to be if you want to work with animals, I would say.”