Animal Management Unit
The animal management department at Bishop Burton plays a leading role in ensuring the college is able to provide a wide range of courses that supply students with a solid grasp of all things animal.
With strong links to the animal industry, the department works closely with local councils and licensing officers, as well as charitable organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RSPCA.
These links are reinforced by offering part-time and short course qualifications. The department is also able to offer short or bespoke courses for those who may already be working within the industry.
Over the past five years the Animal Management Unit has been expanded and developed to make it one of the best specialist facilities in the UK. The unit is a state-of-the-art facility which surpasses professional industrial standards.
The latest extension doubled the size of the unit and provided staff and students with two new handling rooms, a self-contained isolation unit, an office, a staffroom and a new project room.
Due to the great range of animal species held in the Animal Management Unit, students are able to experience all aspects of animal keeping at a professional level.
There are currently around 100 species on site, all available for use in practical study.
The unit has specific areas for birds and aquatics, invertebrates and reptiles. Mammal species range from small domestics (rabbits, rats, mice, chinchillas, guinea pigs etc.) to more exotic species such as lemurs and marmosets.
Students working on the unit learn animal husbandry techniques relevant to their industry, ranging from working in a laboratory environment to working with exotic species in a public-orientated workplace.
They are also able to work with livestock on the College farm and opportunities are available to visit other animal collections across the UK and Europe to research other species and further any programmes of study.
The Animal Management Unit includes a commercial kennel and grooming facility. This facility is used for canine-specific courses, but also to teach husbandry techniques on a range of courses and capabilities.
The kennels and grooming centre is a fully operational commercial enterprise, offering students yet more industry experience, and is open to the public all year round for dog boarding and a wide range of grooming services.
As part of the on-going development of the College, the Animal Management Unit is due to expand even further.
The future enhancements will include a further space for the outdoor handling area, which will allow for the introduction of some larger and more exotic species.
Watch this space.