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Animal Management Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course offers you animal management experience, developing skills in routine animal handling enabling you to develop responsible competences associated with animal management work. 
It will provide you with the academic skills and practical experience for a supervisory role within the animal industry.
Various organisations and events will be visited during the course of the year to allow you to develop a realistic understanding of the animal industry such as Crufts dog show, welfare centres, zoos and much more. 
While studying at Lackham in our animal centre, farm park and grooming parlour, you will work with a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, farm livestock, ponies, donkeys and exotic species such as meerkats and lemurs and more.

Course content

You will learn about:

• Industry Experience - a period of 3-weeks full-time work placement in the animal sector to suit career goals

• Investigative Project

• Animal Handling & Safe Working Practice

• Animal Nursing

• Wildlife Management & Rehabilitation

• Nutrition

• Animal Health

• Animal Biology

• Anatomy & Physiology

• Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding

• Animal Accommodation

• Animal Behaviour

• Exotics

• Animal Welfare & Breed Development

• Ecology Breeding & Genetics Animal Training

Optional Units can include Livestock, Dog Grooming, Biochemistry, Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science, Kennel & Cattery, Zoo Husbandry. Units are subject to review and change to improve the course.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or distinction in related subject at Level 2)
  • Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview


The academic level of this programme will require you to commit to undertaking study in your own time.
You will be assessed through a range of written assignments, practical skills tests, projects, group work activities and oral tests.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Future opportunities

Each year our students are successful in getting places in universities and colleges to study degrees or Foundation Degrees. Application through UCAS for HE courses occurs early in the second year.
Here at Wiltshire College Lackham you could progress onto a Higher National Diploma in Equine Management or a Foundation Degree in Animal Science and Management. We welcome applications from Extended Diploma in Animal Management students with suitable grades through the UCAS process.
There is so much available to those who want to make a long term commitment to a career within the animal industry, including:
  • Animal care technician
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Nutritional and feed specialist
  • Behaviourist
  • Chiropractor
  • Researcher
  • Breeder
  • Instructor
  • Animal Welfare Officer for organisations such as RSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Boarding or breeding kennels and catteries worker
  • Zoo or animal park staff
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Grooming parlour assistant
We encourage you to make contact with local employers whilst you are at the college, students have found work in such areas as veterinary nursing assistants and local animal related retail outlets. You may find that on-programme work experience is an ideal way of getting in touch with prospective employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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