Zoo Academy

Interested in working in the animal industry?

Zoo Academy is designed for those aged 14-17yrs, who are looking into a career working with animals as a Keeper, Vet and in research or conservation. Aimed to help young adults get the experience they need to help them get work experience, or help get into the College course they need – or just for a look into how the animal industry works. Zoo Academy is an opportunity for you to gain a little more practical experience, and an insight into what it takes to have a career working with animals.

A 3 day course; Zoo Academy combines both practical and theory aspects of working with animals, with workshops covering animal health, as well as practical tasks including Veterinary workshops. Each student will build a portfolio, with evidence of work for use after successful completion of the course. You’ll even get a certificate which can be included in you CV.

What to expect:

  • A combination of practical activities and theory sessions, both indoors and outdoors
  • Runs across 3 days during the Easter and summer holiday periods.
  • Each day runs from 10am – 4pm
  • Ran by qualified teachers and Zoo Keepers; to give the best experience of working with animals
  • T-shirt (uniform) will be provided, just let us know what size you need.
  • Zoo Academy candidates must be physically fit and able to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Bring a packed lunch with you for a picnic in the zoo
  • Based in our outdoor education classroom – in the heart of the zoo
  • Be prepared to have fun, learn lots- and start your animal career!

Daily tasks include:

Each day will be split into three sessions:

Session 1:            animal husbandry (a different area each day)

Session 2:            theory slot- based in our outdoor classroom, covering topics from animal health to nutrition

Session 3:            practical activity – including a Veterinary Care workshop and animal training

Dates available:

Zoo Academy will run twice in 2019- over the summer holidays –

14th – 16th August


The cost of Zoo Academy is £150 for the 3 day course- including your Zoo Academy tshirt.

A must- do course for any young zoologist- email us here (zoo@reaseheath.ac.uk) to register your interest and book your place.