The College of Animal Welfare offers professional qualifications and training in veterinary nursing, animal care and dog grooming from its centre in Wigan (near Bolton, Blackburn, Manchester and Liverpool)…
For those who wish to train as a veterinary nurse in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas, we offer the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing qualification from our centre in Wigan, with courses starting in September, January and April. Find out more about our veterinary nurse training in Wigan
We offer accredited, practical dog grooming qualifications from our state-of-the-art dog grooming suite based at our Wigan centre. These courses are ideal if you’re new to the industry and looking to train as a dog groomer. Find out more about dog grooming qualifications in Wigan
In order to make learning as accessible as possible, we offer online animal care courses that can be started at any time and can be taken by learners both in the UK and overseas. Find out more about our online, distance learning courses
The College of Animal Welfare was established in 1989 with the vision to use education to help tackle animal welfare issues and the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals.
Today, the College has centres in Cambridgeshire, North London, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Scotland and specialises in training in the land-based sector. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. To this end, we strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.
As the UKs largest veterinary nursing college, by choosing us as your training provider, we can offer you the opportunity to study within a community of like-minded students and staff, who all share a common passion for animal welfare and a commitment to pushing forward what is already an exciting and rewarding profession.
We have a well-earned reputation for excellence, delivering quality training and education for over 30 years. We also have a history of being a pioneer with a number of unique achievements; the most notable are the creation of the first ever BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing programme in 1998 and the Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants programme in 2005.
We provide regular, free careers guidance via our website and twice annual Careers With Animals Day, to help people from all backgrounds gain the information and advice they need to begin a career in the veterinary and animal care industries. We also offer a free jobs board to assist our community in finding jobs in the animal care industry.
Our Wigan Centre offers modern classrooms and facilities, including a library, fully-equipped computer rooms with full wireless internet access throughout, a state-of-the-art dog grooming salon and superb, dedicated clinical skills suites that enable our students to develop their practical skills whilst at College.
Set between Manchester and Liverpool, the Wigan centre is near to the A49 and A577 or just a 10 minute walk from Wigan North Western or Wigan Wallgate train station. This makes the Wigan centre easily commutable by bus, car or train from many surrounding areas including: Bolton, Preston, Blackburn, Leigh, Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Southport and St Helens. Get directions from your postcode
To help potential students get a taste of what College life is like, we hold regular open days at all five of our centres throughout the year. During the open days, you will have a tour of our facilities and find out more about our courses and what it’s like to study with us. What’s more, it provides youwith the opportunity to speak to our tutors and ask any questions they might have. Take a look at our upcoming open days at Wigan
Our centre in Wigan is our newest centre, and we have big and exciting plans for expansion over the coming months! If you would like to receive newsletters and course updates from our Wigan centre, you can subscribe to receive relevant information from us by signing up below.