Animal Management

It’s not all bounding bunnies and playful puppies: on an animal management course, you might be entrusted with the care and maintenance of a wide variety of animals.

If you are passionate about caring for animals and understand the impact they can have in our lives, this is the pathway for you.

At our animal management centre in Banbury, we offer exciting and rewarding opportunities, studying and learning in a hands-on environment and working directly with animals. Opened in September 2019, the centre has fantastic facilities and resources to help you develop your skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on visits and trips to local zoos, RSPCA centres, veterinary surgeries and wildlife parks.

Supporting the conservation industry, an exciting range of breeding programmes are underway, including critically endangered black beauty stick insects, endangered birds from Indonesia and a range of mammals from around the world. The reptile unit features tortoises hatched on site, poison dart frogs and chameleons. New facilities are also under construction to house further projects.

On our programmes, you will be able to undertake work experience placements at local animal care and management organisations.

You will learn about:

  • animal welfare and health
  • principles of behaviour
  • feeding and care
  • basic animal biology
  • breeding programmes
  • building animal enclosures and environments
  • animal enrichment

The animal care industry is worth over £1 billion to the UK economy, and as of 2021, there are over 80,000 jobs in animal care services in the UK.

Activate Learning can provide training for those wishing to become a Veterinary Nurse, Zoologist, Veterinarian, Marine Biologist, Guide Dog Trainer, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Animal Shelter Manager, among other careers.

Our course tutors are passionate and knowledgeable, with industry experience and great connections to local and global organisations such as the RSPCA, Poultry Club UK, RBST (rare breed survival trust) and Golden Guernsey Goat Society.

Finn, Animal Management Level 3 The course is very specific and geared towards going into animal-related jobs and it gives you a good idea of what to expect going into that field of work.
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