Animal Management and Agriculture

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

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.

Our state-of-the-art Animal Management centre has a zoo licence, giving you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a realistic professional environment. The centre has an arid biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room, allowing you to study and care for a wide range of animals in a near-natural environment. We also have a fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, donkeys, chickens, ducks and many more!

We are proud of our large collection of animals, including rare breed sheep and cows, meerkats, tropical birds, reptiles, a skunk and red squirrels – with many more additions to the collection planned soon. Our course tutors are passionate and knowledgeable, with industry related experience and have great connections with local and global organisations such as the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home, Chessington Zoo, Tilgate Nature Centre and more.

Our coveted work experience programmes have included contributing to conservation work and local community projects, working with chimpanzees in West Africa, dolphins in the Bahamas; Compassion in World Farming, orangutans in Borneo, wild otters in Cornwall, dog trainers and many others.

Our agriculture courses cover units on animal anatomy and physiology, plant science and soil science, also teaching the basics of machinery operations, estate management farm animal production and conservation.

Agriculture students also get the opportunity to complete valuable work experience at a wide choice of locations such as livestock farms, local farm parks and attractions, lambing placements at a variety of farms and shearing placements. Regular trips and visits to places such as the British Wool Board, dairy farms, rare breed parks, livestock markets and agricultural shows are also an exciting feature of this course.

The animal care industry is worth over £1 billion to the UK economy, and boasts over 13,000 businesses, from pet shops and sanctuaries, to zoos and wildlife parks.

Careers in the animal care and agriculture sectors are very hard work but are ultimately, extremely rewarding.

Over 370,000 people work within animal occupations in the UK, with many being volunteers. There are 1,600 job openings per year in this sector and there is a further 6% growth expected over the next five years. If you are a self-confessed ‘animal person’, a career in animal management or agriculture might be perfect for you. Possible careers include animal technician, zoo keeper, pet shop worker, groundsperson, veterinary nurse, gamekeeper or farmer.

Industry partnerships

Sumaya, Animal Management Level 3 If you’re thinking about studying animal management, Merrist Wood College is the place to do it. The campus itself is amazing, all the lecturers have experience in the industry and they make an effort to shape the course to your interests.
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