Centres of excellence for

Animal Care

In our Centre of Excellence for Animal Care you’ll learn all the skills you need to turn your love for animals into a successful and rewarding career.  And with demand for animal care professionals set to grow by 20% by 2026, there is likely to be plenty of opportunity to achieve your goals!  

You’ll work with a wide range of species, learning about health needs, animal behaviour, breeding, nutrition and conservation, acquiring all the skills you’ll need for a fulfilling career caring for animals with a clear focus on conservation, research and education.

Depending on your level of study you will complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or multiple employers, in either a single block or on seperate days during your course. You’ll also receive  ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Animal Care you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

All of our animal care courses are designed to prepare you for a wide range of working roles, with specialist skills at Levels 2 and 3. You’ll study for diplomas and BTEC qualifications, learning both the scientific and behavioural knowledge that trainers need and the practical abilities required to effectively care for animals and their habitats.

In our Centre of Excellence for Animal Care you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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There are number of different career options available if you want to work with animals. These range from Zoo Keepers to Vets and from Farmers to Countryside Rangers. Salaries in this sector range from an annual average of £18,000 for Zoo Keepers up to £32,000 for professions such as Vets - if you continue your studies at University.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.

My tutors have all helped me with gaining knowledge and vital industry work experience to make me employable. My time here has opened my eyes to how many different job opportunities there are in animal management, and this has really pushed me to achieve my dream career.
Harry Rayer

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Find out more about Animal Care, join us at our online event.

Book your place at this online event to learn about our Centre of Excellence in Animal Care. You’ll get a sneak peek of the animals you could be caring for and nurturing as part of your course.

You'll also hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Animal Care at The Manchester College, like work experience with industry professionals and the many different careers with animals that this course can lead to. 

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