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Animal care training is an obvious choice for those that have a passion for animal welfare. Whether you’ve dreamt of working with animals from a young age, or have decided later in life – perhaps following a career in a completely different field – that this is what you really want to do, our animal care courses will give you the underlying knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the animal care sector.

Subject overview

Why choose to study animal care at The College of Animal Welfare?

  • Experienced and supportive teaching staff
    We are very proud of the fact that all of our staff delivering our animal care courses have significant industry experience and knowledge under their belts; they all share a common passion for pushing the profession forward. They do this by helping students to get the most out of their formal training and become the best animal carers they can be.
  • Gain real long term job prospects
    Job prospects within animal care are often competitive, so by undertaking formal training you put yourself at an advantage by gaining a qualification that demonstrates your skills and knowledge to employers.
  • Flexible animal care qualifications
    It is important to us that the opportunity to undertake our courses is open to everyone that has the dedication needed to succeed in the profession, regardless of background. As such our animal care courses are available in a variety of different formats such as online, and in the workplace. 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.

Undertaking formal animal care qualifications afford students a variety of professional opportunities. Depending on your personal circumstances, career goals and skills, you could pursue employment in, for example, a zoo, cattery/ kennels or rescue centre, perhaps looking to take on a supervisory or managerial role over time. Positions that you could consider include:

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If you would like to find out more about some of the career opportunities and animal care jobs available, please consider coming along to one or our FREE annual Careers With Animals Day at our Huntingdon or Leeds centre. It is well worth attending and you will come away with lots of information and new ideas. We have trade stands with representatives from different areas of the animal care sector such as Guide Dogs, The British Horse Society, The Blue Cross, The Kennel Club and African Conservation Experience. Trade stands vary from year to year so please contact us in advance if you are attending to meet one particular organisation.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact us if you would like to have an informal chat about your options; a member of our administration team would be happy to help you.