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Animal Care and Management

Looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career in Animal Management or related industries? Our department is well equipped to prepare you for many different careers, from pet stores and grooming parlours, to zoos and conservation plus many more.

The courses offered contain a good mix of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry. You’ll explore all aspects of animal husbandry along with an introduction to animal biology which will equip you for many jobs in the land based industry.

Professional Teachers

Passionate teachers with up to date industry experience

Excellent facilities

Zoo with 100s of exotic, agricultural and domestic animals

Industry head start

All students do a minimum of 150 hours work experience


Opportunity to progress to a degree or employment

Key information

We deliver nationally recognised qualifications in Animal Care from Entry level up to Level 6. You will develop excellent hands-on practical skills through working in our Animal Zone and develop invaluable skills and knowledge through industry placement.

Through industry placement you will develop good customer service and problem-solving skills and if you haven’t already reached L2 in English and maths you will have the opportunity to gain these qualifications too.

You will be taught through a combination of classroom and practical activities and will complete written and practical work.

You can become a…
  • Animal/Zoo Keeper
  • Animal Technician
  • Instructor/Lecturer
  • Animal Health and Welfare Advisor
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Pet Shop Manager
  • Animal Care Assistants/Farm Park Assistant
  • Animal/Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Dog Walker

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Why SSC?

At South Staffordshire College our students come first, and everything we do is aimed at helping you to realise your full potential. We are about careers not courses and our expert staff will make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to give you that competitive edge for when you start your career within your chosen industry.

As a school leaver, you will be treated as an adult, within a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll enjoy more freedom and independence, and you’ll make many new friends, all with the same passion and journey ahead as you. As an adult, we understand you may feel uneasy about returning to education, but there is no need to be. We have smaller class sizes and supportive tutors to make you feel very welcome.

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