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Animal Management

Animal Management Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Careers in animal management offer exciting possibilities and can be very rewarding... you could work in conservation or wildlife rehabilitation both in the UK and abroad!

Our programmes, which range from entry level to degree, will provide you with real-life practical experiences, leading to excellent skills and employment prospects. We have some great industry links, and previous students have completed work experience with the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home, Chessington World of Adventures, Birdworld and more!

All of our tutors are enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects and will work hard to tap into your potential.

We recently invested £4.5million in our Animal Management Centre, designed to provide a first class learning environment for our students. The centre features state-of-the-art facilities including a desert biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room, housing a wide variety of species which enables them to be studied and cared for in near-natural environments.

Our large collection of animals includes small mammals, domestic animals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics, small aviary birds and birds of prey. We also have a fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, donkeys, chickens, ducks and more.


Meet our animals...


Access to Animal Management Diploma - 2019:20
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Access to Equine Management - 2019:20

Agriculture BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma - 2019:20
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Agriculture with Sheep Husbandry and Estate Skills - BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - 2019:20

Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma - 2019:20
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Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - 2019:20
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Animal Management Level 3 National Extended Diploma - 2019:20
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Animal Management Level 3 National Foundation Diploma - 2019:20
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Dog Grooming Study Programme - Level 3 Diploma - 2019:20

Employability & Personal Development Level 1 Certificate - 2019:20
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Employability Level 3 Diploma - 2019:20
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Step 2 Bridging Programme - 2019:20
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AMC and Farm

Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

  • Awarded a Zoo Licence in 2018 - allowing us to diversify our animal collection, and educate visitors about important conservation issues and animal husbandry.
  • State-of-the-art Animal Management Centre with tropical and desert biomes, and a nocturnal room.
  • Wide range of animals including - small mammals, domestic animals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics, small aviary birds and birds of prey.
  • Fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, chickens, ducks and more.
  • Enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable staff with industry related experience.
  • Recently refurbished Dog grooming centre which is open to the public
  • Excellent Equine facilities - one of the largest indoor arenas of any college in the country, fully floodlit outdoor warm-up arena and stabling for up to 40 horses.
  • Work experience opportunities - students have worked with chimpanzees in Cameroon, West Africa; dolphins in the Bahamas; Compassion in World Farming orang-utans in Borneo; wild otters in Cornwall; dog trainers and many others.
  • Industry links with local and national organisations such as the RSPCA, Chessington Zoo and Battersea Cats' and Dogs' Home.
  • Trips to places of interest and visits from specialist guest speakers.

Careers in Animal Management

Careers in animal management offer exciting
possibilities and can be very rewarding!

  • Animal Care Worker
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Animal Trainer
  • Wildlife Rescuer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Reserve Warden
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Zoo Keeper

Animal Encounters logo

New Animal Encounters Activities

Merrist Wood College has recently been granted a zoo license, allowing it to share its collection of exotic animals, some of which are of conservation importance, with the wider community.

Animal Encounters activities include:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Animal Encounter Tours for the public
  • Animal Education Tours for schools, youth groups etc
  • Events throughout the year

To find out more visit our Animal Encounters homepage


Student Soundbite

James Bibby 2018

“My course at Merrist Wood helped me secure a job at Chessington Zoo as a Seasonal Hoofstock Keeper. In my role I look after a variety of species including giraffe, white rhino, Grevy's zebra and more.”

James - Animal Management Level 3

Currently studying the Zoo Management Foundation Degree

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