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Animal Management


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

If you’re looking for a career in animal management, Canterbury College has a qualification for you.

Canterbury College main site and its Spring Lane campus holds over 400 animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and small and large mammals in fully equipped, purpose-built animal centres.

With access to professional-standard equipment including science laboratories and a veterinary nursing studio, students train with the tools used in the industry. 

Our team of experienced staff come from a wide range of industry backgrounds including zoo-keeping, veterinary nursing, rearing/flying birds, dog grooming, equine training and dentistry, park ranger, tree surgery and horticulture. 

Each location provides a variety of animal species which are suitable for all levels of learner.

Students who study animal and land-based courses are expected to undertake animal care duties alongside their lessons both during term-time and the holiday periods; providing them with an excellent skill set that will support progression into higher education and employment.

Canterbury College

As a student at the Canterbury College New Dover Road site, you will be part of a buzzing campus within walking distance of Canterbury's city centre which prepares you for progression into work or university.

Canterbury College is a modern site offering excellent facilities including a purpose-built, fully equipped animal centre which is home to over 200 animals (reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and small mammals), science laboratories and a veterinary nursing studio. 

Students at the Canterbury site will also have access to a range of student spaces, an established Learning Resource Centre and on-site coffee bar and bistro.

Learners wishing to study animal and land-based courses at Canterbury College can develop the knowledge and skills employers look for while on industry placements made available through our fantastic links with local employers. 

Canterbury College Spring Lane is a specialist land-based campus with wide-ranging facilities including a large animal management centre with over 200 species, a heated and fully-furnished glasshouse, various polytunnels, a mature orchard, many wildlife areas and ponds, a student common room, football pitch and well-established Learning resource centre.

This purpose-built site is in a beautiful setting which provides a calm, safe, nurturing and supportive environment and the extensive grounds allow students to develop a wide range of skills including how to grow fresh produce for animals and maintain wildlife areas. The size of the campus allows students to feel welcome, gain confidence and grow as individuals.

Learners at the Spring Lane Campus will be expected to undertake animal care duties alongside their lessons, this includes working weekends and some days in the holidays on a rota basis.

For those learners wishing to study horticulture the resources available mean that they can develop extensive knowledge and practical skills. The fully stocked laboratory enables students to bring the classroom inside and enhances their knowledge of soil and plant science to enable them to go on to excellent jobs in industry or just improve their own gardens at home.  

Career Prospects

This pathway could lead to many career opportunities



Annual pay

The workforce is projected to expand by 36% over the period to 2027, adding 7,486 jobs. In the same period, 67% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 13,920 job openings.

Role description

Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.

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What's next?

Step 1 Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 Interview

At your interview, the tutor will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. This is also your opportunity to make sure that this pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Guidance on Interviews

Once you have submitted an application we will contact you with the a range of options for conducting your interviews remotely, such as telephone or Skype, or organising interviews once the College reopens and social distancing is relaxed.

Courses at Canterbury College

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New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111