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Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management

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Course Description

If you have a keen interest in learning about animals and want to develop or learn new skills, we offer a wide range of courses to help you achieve your career goals. We cover all aspects of animal management to fully prepare you for employment across a range animal related industries as well as progression onto Higher Education.

Our purpose built teaching centres provide students with some of the best facilities in Greater Manchester. Our indoor and outdoor facilities include:

• Specialised teaching zones for each group of animals

• Veterinary nursing teaching facilities and a dedicated treatment room

• Dog grooming salon

• Dog boarding kennels

• Blue Cross rehoming centre

• Farm animal production area

• Zoo animal zone

We have over 750 animals at our Middleton campus which include small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, alpacas, meerkats, rhea, bats, owls, and aquatics. As part of our courses we have a small animal production farm where students help raise animals for

food production. Additionally, we are members of Rochdale and District Riding Club and have a team of students who compete with our Shetland ponies. These courses will enable you to gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge to help you gain employment in a variety of animal industries, such as veterinary nursing, animal welfare, zoos and safari parks, wildlife and conservation organisations, farming, livestock management, dog grooming, marine conservation or move into an apprenticeship.


Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course, students must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C/5 to include, English, Maths and Science.


The course takes place over 3 days per week; 2 days theory and one day practical working on the animal care unit. All students will be assigned a student support tutor. There are work placements that take place one day per week and all students have one hour tutorial per week.

Topics on this course include:

  • Animal biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal nursing
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Providing food and water for animals
  • Animal grooming
  • Animal nutrition, diet and feeding regimes
  • Care of exotics
  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Farm livestock management
  • Aquatics and fish keeping
  • Wildlife and rehabilitation and conservation
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Pet Store Design
  • Aquatics Husbandry and Management
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Dog Grooming
  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry

Work Experience

Students undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week, this is often done on site or with an external provider. A minimum of 300 hours need to be completed over the two year course.


Upon completion of the course, students can progress onto higher education to study a range of related courses such as Animal Behaviour, Animal Sciences, Animal Ecology, Animal Welfare, Practical Conservation, Marine Biology, Psychology and Zoology, Veterinary Nursing, Veterinary Nursing, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or Zoo Animal Management.

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