Canterbury College - Animal Management
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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 and equine training and dentistry.

Course Requirements

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.

This includes working weekends and some days in the holidays on a rota basis and provides students with an excellent skill set that will support progression into higher education and employment.

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

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

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

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 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.

Why people love Animal Management

Industry Visits

Industry Visits

UK Owl and Raptor Centre visited and gave our Animal Management students the fantastic opportunity to handle birds of prey, including hawks, eagles and owls.

Mia Giles

Mia Giles

"I get to work with so many different animals on my course and the facilities are really good. We have a lot more independence compared to school and have really supportive tutors."

Spring Lane Campus

Spring Lane Campus

Our Spring Lane campus is home to over 400 animals and students are able to have a brilliant hands-on experience. 

Career Prospects

Example: Veterinarians

 Annual pay
£26,520 - £55,640
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK 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?

If you are 16 to 18-years-old and want to explore your options then apply today.

Step 1 - Apply

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

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

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

Courses at Canterbury College

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Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111