Posted on 11 July 2017
Animal Management Students in the Animal Management Centre
Zoo Management, Animal Science, Companion Animal Behaviour and Management, Wildlife and Conservation are some of the new subjects that Merrist Wood College now offer at degree level. The College has just had the Foundation Degrees validated by Kingston University, which will form a strong progression route for current students on Level 3 and Access programmes.
Merrist Wood College’s new Animal Management Centre was officially opened back in November and has been in use for over a year now. Designed to provide a state-of-the-art building for students studying Animal Management and Animal Behaviour and Welfare, the new Centre includes a desert room, a tropical room and a nocturnal room to house a wider variety of species and enable them to be studied and cared for in a more natural environment.
The new Animal Management Centre enables the College to deliver a broader, more exciting curriculum for learners as they can care for a much wider variety of species and allow students to interact with them more. The new building enables the College to provide modern accommodation, which not only meets the needs of the current curriculum, but is also adaptable to respond as the industry changes in the future.
The new Centre is home to a wide variety of species including: Bearded dragons, naked mole rats, sugar gliders, burrowing owls, hognose snake, pancake tortoise, Boa constrictor, poison dart frog, Chilean rose tarantula, Royal pythons, Crested Geko, giant African land snails and many more.
Former Animal Management students have gone on to exciting roles in the industry such as former Animal Behaviour and Welfare Degree student Kirsty Tugwood who recently secured a position working with sea lions at Chessington Zoo. Kirsty said “Merrist Wood taught me a lot, not only the knowledge about animals but also key transferable skills, such as communication. I gained key practical skills at college and they helped organise my voluntary work at London Aquarium and Cornish Seal Sanctuary, which ultimately started my career. Merrist Wood College encouraged me to pursue my dreams.”
It's not too late to apply for a degree level programme to start in September. Please visit www.merristwood.ac.uk