Crazy about animals? Take a walk on the wild side at our animal centre and zoo.

If you enjoy biological sciences and adore animals why not combine your interests and become an animal management student at Reaseheath.

You’ll be based at our fantastic purpose built animal centre with its licensed teaching zoo – facilities which are among the best in the UK. Even more exciting, you’ll have the chance to work with 125 different species of animals including tapirs, meerkats, ring tailed lemurs, otters, birds of prey, reptiles, fish, amphibians and a range of companion and park animals.

Your classroom lectures will come to life as you carry out your practical sessions with our animals, as well as having opportunities to visit a wide range of other collections. You may even choose to travel abroad on one of our exciting study tours to Ireland or Africa!

You’ll learn how to undertake husbandry tasks with our animals to the highest standards required by industry or volunteer on the centre to support our visitors at animal encounters and zoo school. There will also be opportunities to get involved in research projects and conservation activities.

Whatever your interests, you’ll be encouraged to gain as many experiences as possible and to explore the many exciting and varied careers on offer.

These courses are a great springboard to degree courses, particularly if you’re interested in science, biology or zoology, and there are lots of research opportunities. Some of our students go into wildlife conservation after gaining work experience with big game animals in Africa. Others follow fulfilling careers in pet retail outlets, veterinary nursing or become keepers in zoos or farm parks. What will you choose to do?

Our students tell us they most enjoy:

  • Working hands-on with our collection of over 1,000 mammals, reptiles, birds and fish
  • Going behind the scenes at leading animal collections and zoos
  • Receiving great teaching and support from our tutors and keepers, who have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience
  • Being offered great opportunities for research and work experience, thanks to our links within the industry
  • Joining our Herpetological and Entomological Society and helping to monitor rare species of toads and lizards
  • Becoming members of our Conservation Society and fundraising for Chester Zoo to raise awareness of orangutans
  • Getting great career tips and contacts from visiting speakers and former students

Animal Management courses

Career Options

Some of the exciting careers options available in the Animal Management industry include…

  • Zookeeper
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Animal rescue centre
  • Animal care technician
  • Conservation field researcher

Student Societies

Find out more about the Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) and how to get involved here.

Find out more about the Reaseheath Mammal Society and how to get involved here.

Find out more about the Reaseheath Bird Society and how to get involved here.

Find out more about the Reaseheath Conservation Society and how to get involved here.

Find out more about the Reaseheath Birds of Prey Society and how to get involved here.