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Animal Care

Animal care is a diverse and expanding industry, worth £1 billion to the UK economy.

Animal Care at Wakefield College

Animal care is a diverse and expanding industry, worth £1 billion to the UK economy. With 46% of households owning a pet, and a rise in the number of people visiting zoos and wildlife parks, there are many job prospects for those with the right qualifications.

We offer specialist facilities for the study of animal care, including a collection of exotic and mammalian species.

Our Animal Care courses are delivered by experienced practitioners who have years of experience. Students benefit from work placements with local pet shops, animal sanctuaries and farms.

Jobs available within the sector include Animal Care Worker, Biologist, Countryside Ranger, Kennel Worker, Veterinary Nurse and Zoologist.

Key Points
  • Animal collection on campus
  • Tutor expertise
  • Great regional, national and international links
  • Visits and field trips to access a larger variety of animals
Wakefield College have provided well for me. They took a chance on me and provided plenty of opportunities which are really paying off for. They really want to help and allow you to succeed.
Reece
Animal Care

Animal Care Study Programme

Learn more about the Animal Care study programme for school leavers

Watch the presentation or download a PDF and learn about the various aspects of a Animal Care study programme for school leavers.

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What’s New

Catch up with the latest news and events in Animal Care at Wakefield College...
Wakefield College staff support the community throughout the Covid crisis

Friday, 23 October, 2020

We wanted to end Colleges Week by celebrating our college COVID-19 heroes! Our incredible students and staff at Wakefield College have been inspirational in supporting the community throughout the Covid crisis.

Animal Studies Access students considered for top university

Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Every year the CIOB (The Chartered Institute of Building) helps colleges celebrate the achievements of their construction students, by recognising their efforts and successes.

I have learnt a lot about the animal care industry whilst studying and I have gained a lot of experience working with the animals in the animal care unit. As part of the course I spend one day a week at a work placement which I really enjoy.
Scott
Animal Care

Study Packs

Have you ever wondered what type of work students do on their course at college? Check out our sample study packs to find out.

They contain work you can complete at your own pace that will help develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for your next steps with Wakefield College.

Animal Care and Management.pdf
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(Re)Watch our Virtual Open Event

(Re)Watch our virtual online Open Event with staff interviews, Q&As, virtual campus tours, college updates and more.

Virtual Open Event
19 June, 2021

Join us for our Virtual Open Event with staff & student interviews, Q&As, virtual campus tours, college updates and more.

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Case Studies

What our students say about us...
Wakefield College have provided well for me. They took a chance on me and provided plenty of opportunities which are really paying off for. They really want to help and allow you to succeed.
Photo of Reece Tibble
I have learnt a lot about the animal care industry whilst studying and I have gained a lot of experience working with the animals in the animal care unit. As part of the course I spend one day a week at a work placement which I really enjoy.
Photo of Scott Reynolds
The best part of the course were the trips we took to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Chester Zoo where I got a real understanding of different species.
Photo of Rachel Lowe
The best part of the course were the trips we took to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Chester Zoo where I got a real understanding of different species.
Rachel
Animal Care
I have learnt a lot about the animal care industry whilst studying and I have gained a lot of experience working with the animals in the animal care unit. As part of the course I spend one day a week at a work placement which I really enjoy.
Scott
Animal Care

Animal Care Facilities

Take a virtual tour of the Animal Care facilities at our Wakefield City Campus

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The Feed

New Higher Education animal care courses starting in September
New Higher Education animal care courses starting in September

We are excited to announce our new HE courses in Animal Studies and Animal Management, Behaviour and Welfare for September enrolment.

Animal Care
7 June, 2019
Chester Zoo visit
Chester Zoo visit

Animal Care students visit Chester Zoo and learn about exhibit design.

Animal Care
5 December, 2018

Animal Care Courses

Courses for School Leavers
Courses for Adults (19+ Year Olds)
Higher Education Courses
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