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HND Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

Course Description

The Higher National Diploma in Animal Management is for those who want an advanced qualification in animal management, which will enable you to manage the care of animals rather than undertake that care yourself. The course aims to give you not just technical knowledge about the health, welfare and management of a range of animal species but also the confidence and transferable skills that will allow you to progress effectively into junior and middle management roles in the future. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and ultimately the qualification to allow you to progress straight into the industry, or into a final BSc top-up year at another University.

Work in the Animal Management sector is continually evolving with the need to work closely with other professionals in different services. Practitioners need to have a breadth and depth of knowledge and be equipped with transferable skills. The content of the course is designed for you to study and consider job roles and the work setting within a wider practical context. We hope you will enjoy exploring and debating these issues and feel better prepared to meet the challenges of changing policies and practice.

This course combines lectures, group work, practical sessions and independent research. Throughout the course you will be applying your theoretical knowledge to practice both in group work and the work setting. You will be expected to undertake an industrial experience placement, one day per week as part of your studies. This will not only give you valuable experience, but can often lead directly to employment opportunities.

The assessment for the course is through internally assessed theory work, presentations, creations of public information resources, written scientific reports and practical observations when managing the care of animals and supervising those carrying out various animal husbandry procedures. When undertaking practical assessments you are expected to perform to an industry expected standard and work independently. You will also be involved with the welfare of animals on the college animal care unit, to include those animals in our Blue Cross Rehoming Centre, Day Boarding Dog Kennels and livestock production area.


HARRY GILL: Harry is both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc). He has been heavily involved with industry research and is experienced in supervising projects, with his favoured areas of research being in anatomy and behaviour.

Harry has three years of zoo keeping experience with all taxa. This is extensively with mammals, however, he also has experience with reptiles, birds, fish and invertebrates. He is experienced in providing daily care to endangered and, in some cases, critically endangered species.

In addition he has acquired specialist knowledge in husbandry training of large mammals such as elephants, tigers and giraffes. Harry is highly experienced in using practical skills such as animal husbandry, administering basic zoo veterinary treatments, hand rearing, animal handling and creating enrichment.

Harry has two years of zoological management experience, acquiring a wide set of skills and knowledge pertaining to; enclosure design, collection planning, designing conservation initiatives, supervising research, organising animal transports and aiding studbook management.

NAIOMI WRIGHT: Naiomi is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) In Animal Science specialising in Equine Science and has obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has Six years experience in sectors such as Zoo industry, Vet nursing Industry and Equine Industry.

Naiomi has worked with domestic, equine and zoo animals in the vet nursing industry, assisting in life saving operation and rehabilitation work. She has vast animal behaviour knowledge where she has worked along an endangered rescue centre to provide extraordinary enrichment programmes for zoo animals.

Naiomi has experience providing care for endangered animals along with being involved in some international research in the UAE. "My main passion is welfare along with Biological principles and anatomy and physiology".


Edexcel Higher National Diploma in Animal Management


Level 5

2 Years - Full Time.

Based at: Middleton Campus

Fees: £6000 per year. Total course cost £12000 (2 years full-time)


Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website - click here.

Deadline for applications:

January 2022

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!



Institution code H54

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points which can include:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Pass/Merit/Merit).
  • 4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above which must include English and maths.
  • It is recommended that you have also achieved GCSE Biology and Chemistry at grade C/4 or above due to the scientific content of some of the units.
  • A-Level CDD. Preferred subjects in Chemistry and Biology
  • If you have undertaken BTEC Applied Science instead of GCSE, you should have achieved an overall Merit.



The HND is composed of a number of units, all of which you must successfully complete to gain the qualification. These units are chosen by the tutors to reflect the specialisms held with the College and will allow you to study across a broad range of Animal Management disciplines. The units you are likely to study (not exhaustive) include:

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Business and the business environment
  • Managing a successful project
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Management of exotic animal species
  • Biological principles
  • Research project
  • Evolution and adaptations
  • Anthrozoology
  • Wildlife conservation

(Please note these units are provisional and subject to change)


Each unit will be internally assessed by your tutors and then moderated. Assessment will take a variety of forms which will include theory work, presentations, written scientific reports, creation of public information resources and practical observations when managing the care of animals and supervising those carrying out various animal husbandry procedures. The assessment process will be fully explained during your induction and your tutors will work closely with your throughout the course to ensure that you understand all requirements of assessment.

Work Experience

Students enrolled on the HND will undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week in our incredible animal centre. You will work alongside the keeping staff to provide general animal care, including undertaking husbandry tasks. You will have the opportunity to be involved with a host of additional task, to include building enrichment, designing and creating enclosures, advanced animal handling, involvement with delivering basic animal treatments, shadowing IZVG veterinary staff, involvement with animal transports and opportunities to sit in with international conferences.


Students that successfully complete the HND in Animal Management have the ability to progress straight into employment in a range of animal sectors, to include veterinary, domestic, agricultural, zoo and conservation roles. Learners wishing to continue in education are able to progress onto a BSc top-up year in an array of subjects, at a range of universities.