Animal Care

Animal Care

About Animal Care

The UK is well known for being a nation of animal lovers with 59% of households owning a pet. It’s therefore not surprising that the animal care industry is one that is growing year after year. Therefore, for those that have a passion for animals, there are lots of opportunities to develop a fulfilling and successful career doing something they love. 

From dog grooming and veterinary care, right through to zoology and conservation work, there is a wide range of disciplines to consider. Whether you want to work hands-on with animals each day or take on more of a leadership or research type role, this industry provides careers for all levels and abilities.

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Skills required

  • Love of animals
  • Patience
  • Understanding of animal biology and behaviours

Example career options

  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoologist
  • Dog groomer
  • Pet shop manager

What our students say

“College has allowed me to focus on something I am passionate about and helped me gain a better understanding of the art industry.”

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Eddie Barlow Level 3 Art and Design Former student at Oakwood High School

“I enjoy coming to college and learning new skills to further my hairdressing career.”

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Ellie Reek Level 2 Hairdressing Former student at Swinton Academy

“I’m doing this for myself, to improve my skills and so I have better opportunities. To anyone who thinks they’re too old to study I would say: it’s never too late to chase your dreams.”

Magdalena Marnowska Functional Skills in Maths and English