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Take the next step towards a career within the animal industries

Delivered at our Lackham campus, our university level animal management courses are designed to help you secure the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career within the animal industries.

Our courses offer the opportunity to develop professional standards alongside underpinning knowledge as well as covering a wide scope of topics that will support a range of careers within the industry.

If you are interested in careers such as Animal Health, Welfare Officers, Rehoming and Rescue Centres, Technicians, Zookeepers etc. then our courses could offer the ideal pathway towards your desired vocation.

Meet your lecturer

Katrina Willis,
Programme Lead, HNC and HND Animal Management,

Katrina is a highly-skilled and knowledgeable wildlife expert and is the Programme Lead on the College’s HNC and HND Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) course.

Katrina joined the College in 1998 as a part-time lecturer and technician within the Animal Centre at our Lackham campus. Since then, she has taught a wide range of subjects and levels within the animal care and land-based departments. She specialises in animal anatomy and physiology, animal behaviour, research projects and animal diversity and evolution.

While working at the College, Katrina completed a Masters (Sc) degree in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Bristol, becoming one of the first part-time Masters students in her area of study at the university. Her thesis concerned the visual abilities of woodland birds. She previously studied Zoology at the University of Wales, Swansea. Read more...

Joanne Nicholson,
Lecturer in Animal Science and Management,

Joanne has worked at the College for over 10 years, delivering primarily on Higher Education courses. She currently teaches on the BSc (Hons) and FdSc Animal Science and Management programmes. Her specialisms include animal behaviour, immunology, bioacoustics and animal welfare.

Joanne has a PhD in Behavioural Ecology from the University of London, where she researched song development in the Sedge Warbler. Her other research interests also lie within the field of bioacoustics and in the past she has worked for the RSPCA investigating ultrasonic calls in laboratory rodents and held the position of Curator of Wildlife Sounds at the British Library.

Bridget Williams,
Lecturer in Animal Science and Management,

Bridget's specialist subject areas include animal welfare, nutrition and breeding management. Her first degree was in Biology from Bath University and her postgraduate qualification from the University of Wales in Anthrozoology (human-animal studies), during which she carried out research into socialised wolf and human volunteer interactions. Specialist interests in the field of Anthrozoology include mechanisms of the human animal bond, therapy animals, human and wildlife interaction and anthropomorphism. Vocationally Bridget has had a broad range of animal related experience from owning and running her own British Horse Society examination and training centre, achieving advanced side saddle instructor qualification, through to successfully breeding and showing Burmese cats to Grand Champion national standard.

What our students say

The lecturers are very helpful with answering any questions that you may have and each lesson is very informative and fun, with hands on and theory work.

Iyesha Stacey

HND Animal Management

Our facilities

Animal Resource Centre

Our new Animal Resource Centre features zoo-standard enclosures for a wide range of animals, creating a real industry environment for practical learning.

Zoological Gardens

Our dedicated zoological garden is home to a wide variety of exotic animal and plant species.

Blue Cross Rehoming Cattery

Exotics Centre

Kennels

The Vet Centre

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