Subject Area Overview
By studying a course in animal management at Hadlow College, you can learn how to care for a number of different animals and become part of an industry which, with the growth in awareness surrounding animal welfare issues, continues to expand at an amazing rate.
Our animal management courses take full advantage of the facilities we have on site. Within our purpose built animal management unit, you will be involved in the care of over 200 different species, gain highly practical training and learn about animal biology, conservation and behaviour.
We also offer a number of degrees in animal management, animal behaviour and animal conservation in partnership with the University of Greenwich. These degree programmes make full use of our amazing facilities and take advantage of the strong links with industry that the College possesses. They represent a ideal progression route for people interested in animal-related jobs or working with animals directly. For more information on some of the career options and graduate jobs available in this sector, see the posts on the Hadlow College blog.
Ultimately, upon finishing your course at Hadlow College, your career in animal management could involve working abroad with one of the many non-governmental organisations that exist, or consulting on animal behaviour issues.
Initially, upon finishing my GCSEs I enrolled straight into my school sixth-form to study A-Levels. However, after a year and since I’d always known that I wanted at some point to work with animals, I decided that sixth-form wasn’t for me. Instead, I chose to join Hadlow and study animal management. The course is a great starting point for any career within the animal industry. I’m still not 100% sure what specific career I want so, by getting a good broad understanding, the course is acting as a useful stepping stone to a degree or some other form of further training. At the moment I am thinking of specialising in either animal behaviour or marine animals, but, to do the latter I will need to find some work experience in aquariums so that I have some knowledge when I come to apply for jobs.