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.

Our team of experienced staff come from a wide range of industry backgrounds including zoo-keeping, veterinary nursing, dog grooming and training, and equine dentistry.

Spring Lane Campus

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.

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.

The Spring Lane campus is home to all our further education students who study Animal Management.

Spring Lane is currently undergoing a refurbishment that will be complete for September 2023. Follow our social media pages for updates on the site.

When you study Animal Management, you are expected to undertake animal care duties alongside your lessons, both during term-time and in the holiday periods.

The weekends and holiday dates will operate on a rota basis and will allow you to develop an excellent skill set that will support progression into higher education and employment.

We have over 500 animals and over 2000 invertebrate across our two campuses, including:

  • Mammals – Wallabies, Meerkats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Ferrets, and many other small mammals
  • Birds – Chickens, Geese, Ducks, Pheasants, Budgies, Cockateels, and Finches
  • Reptiles – Bearded Dragons, Iguanas, Geckos, Snakes, Tegu, Chameleon, Agamas, Cone Heads, Lizards, Tortoises and Skinks
  • Amphibians - Frogs, Toads, Salamanders and Axolotls
  • Invertebrates – Cockroaches, Millipedes, Tarantulas, Leaf and Stick Insects, Beetles, Snails
  • Fish

Career Prospects

Example: Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

 Annual pay
£9,360 - £32,240
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 42% over the period to 2027, adding 24,841 jobs. In the same period, 73% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 42,902 job openings.

Role description

Workers in this unit group care for animals held in kennels, stables, zoos and similar establishments, provide specialised training, grooming, clipping and trimming services for animals, and searches for and captures stray or nuisance dogs in public areas and perform a variety of animal care tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 613: Animal Care and Control Services.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

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

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Why people love Animal Management

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. 

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."

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.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111