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Animal Management

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These courses are designed for anyone with an interest in the care and welfare of animals.

Askham Bryan College runs five Animal Management centres across Yorkshire and the North East; at the College’s main campus in York in addition to centres at MiddlesbroughWakefield and Saltaire.

Students can choose to study from a broad range of practices, including working with domestic and companion animals through to zoological species and birds. Please use our course search tool to find out which centres run our wide range of Animal Management courses.

With a diverse offering of courses at all levels students will apply their knowledge to real life situations, as well as benefiting from detailed study of animals in captive and natural environments. The College benefits from partnerships with Flamingo and the Askham Bryan College Wildlife and Conservation Park which serve to broaden the range and scope of species which are encountered on College courses.


The College has an excellent range of over 100 different species of animals housed in several specialised habitat areas; these include an aquatics room, tropical house, exotic mammal room, small mammals yard, bird garden, rodent room and a paddock. A wide range of exotic species are housed including hairy armadillos, racoons, possums, meerkats and Gambian pouched rats.  This unusual variety of animals allows students to develop a wider understanding of the required care across a broad range of species. The College also houses a range of amphibians and invertebrates as well as reptiles which include snakes, bearded dragons and lizards. Outside in the paddock there are a variety of goats, alpaca, pigs and waterfowl as well as access to animals on the College Farm.

We have a brand new Animal Management facility at our York campus, which includes state-of-the-art facilities and will be home to the Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park. The two-storey building houses lecture rooms, a computer suite and a vet nursing facility as well as a visitor grade attraction including aquatics, reptiles and nocturnal animals.  Adjoining facilities include kennels, a grooming parlour and housing for small domestic animals.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

  • Animal welfare officer
  • Dog groomer or animal breeder
  • Zoo keeper
  • Pet store assistant
  • Kennel or cattery manager
  • Research assistant or laboratory technician
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Farm park wardens
  • Work with the RSPB, WWF, National Trust and National Parks
  • Wildlife rescue and conservation


Working closely with partners in the animal care industry is an integral part of the College’s work and serves to provide a broader spectrum of experience of the types of animal care for our students to undertake as part of their studies. These partnerships can also provide degree students with further opportunities for research and with work placements.

At Flamingo Land Zoo our students are fortunate enough to be able to use the fantastic resources available in a real working zoo environment as part of their course. The Zoo provides students with opportunities to expand their animal experiences by working with rare and exciting species and being taught by the Zoo’s specialist staff. The College also works in partnership with Scarborough Sealife Centre, giving students the opportunity to work with a wide range of aquatic animals and fish. In addition to practical placements the College also participates in important studies, such as the Harvest Mice Reintroduction Programme at Rodley Nature Reserve in Leeds which serves to boost species numbers in the face of decline, with the hope of reintroduction to the wild.

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