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Level 3 Animal Management (Companion Animal)


This pathway focuses on companion animals such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rodents, rabbits and reptiles. While the main focus is on dogs and companion animals, a full range of animals are considered in order to develop the skills to care for, handle and manage a variety of animals.


This course has been designed to prepare students for a range of business and career opportunities linked to working with dogs and companion animals.


Course Themes:

Kennel and cattery management

Animal behaviour and training

Dog grooming


Animal welfare

Pet store management

Small animal rehabilitation


There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and work related experience included in teh course. Students' work is monitored continually throughout the course and is assessed by a final exam and assignment at the end of the year

Students studying at our Wakefield Centre will have the opportunity to use the Animal Management facilities at Askham Bryan College, York - free transport is provided from Wakefield for study days in York.

Students will study this course in our new Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park. These facilities home a range of animals inlcuding reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress on to a Foundation Degree in Animal Management or a Degree in a related subject area. Students can also prepare learners to continue to more specific subject areas such as City and Guilds Dog Grooming or even Hydrotherapy.

Potential Career Pathways:

  • Kennel/cattery worker
  • Pet store assistant
  • Welfare charity worker
  • Dog groomer
  • Trainee veterinary nurse
  • Animal care technician
  • Animal rescue centre staff
  • Trainee zookeeper
  • Zoologist
  • Animal conservationist
  • Ornithologist
  • Research associate
  • General worker (zoo)
  • Assistant warden
  • Wildlife assistant
  • Quarantine establishment
  • Animal trainer
  • Canine Hydrotherapist
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Lab technician


Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277