Our Animal Management Training Centre is dedicated to education, training, conservation and the welfare of domestic and exotic species.
The Centre includes a fully licensed zoo which houses over 125 species of animals, an aquatics and exotics centre, mammal house, laboratories, veterinary care and training facilities. We are a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and were the first college in the country to be granted a zoo licence – evidence of our high standard of animal welfare and commitment to education and research.
Working with animals can be a very rewarding career. You may want a career working with domestic animals, exotics, farm or zoo animals or you may want to work hands-on, teach others, or go into research. You may prefer to study animal welfare or conservation. Whatever your choice, we have a range of courses to choose from.
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (including Foundation Year)
- BSc (Hons) Canine Clinical Behaviour (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
- BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (including Foundation Year)
- BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
- Foundation Degree Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
- Foundation Degree Zoo Management
- Foundation Degree Canine Behaviour and Training
With a choice of animal science based courses these are one of the most popular subject areas we offer, combining theoretical and practical teaching to develop an excellent understanding of the animal world and industry. We have an excellent reputation for producing graduates with relevant industry knowledge and work experience. Our highly trained staff are experienced in a wide range of disciplines, including zoo, aquaria, behaviour, conservation, dog training, animal welfare and research.
The College has excellent industry links with respected organisations such as the RSPCA, Defra, Pets at Home, numerous zoos and many other animal related businesses, both in the UK and abroad.
We house over 1000 animals in our on-site zoo, including birds of prey, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, amphibians and mammals such as tamarin and spider monkeys, otters, serval, tapir and meerkats.
You will enjoy use of the excellent facilities on the College estate and benefit from off-site visits to conferences and animal organisation. Foundation degrees contain a work experience placement, giving you current industry knowledge and all students are offered the opportunity to take part in the optional annual field trip on safari in Africa. Depending on your choice of course, you are taught through a combination of study delivered both at the University of Chester and the College.