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Animal college courses

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the animal industry? Unlock your potential at Writtle College, where education meets excellence for learners aged 16 to 18 and adult learners alike.

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Writtle College is a vibrant community of learners. Our animal courses will provide you with the perfect opportunity to kick-start your journey, with a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience.

College courses

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Specialist facilities

Study an animal college course at Writtle College and access specialist facilities which include:

  • specialist Titchmarsh Animal Centre, home to over 200 species of reptiles, birds and mammals
  • new Lordship Canine Centre including a therapy clinic with hydrotherapy pool, dog grooming centre, and kennels block
  • dedicated Science Centre with labs, teaching spaces and a veterinary nursing clinical skills area
  • campus farm that's home to sheep, pigs and cattle – and grows its own wheat to support livestock bedding
  • 150-acre green campus which provides a wonderful framework for conservation and community projects
  • specialist facilities on our equine campus including three indoor arenas, a horse walker, a mechanical horse, laboratories and therapy barns
  • our very own commercial dog grooming parlour, ensuring that you gain practical and standardised training with a variety of dogs
  • the Pet Behaviour Centre, a dedicated facility for pet behaviourists

Potential career prospects

Animal Nutritionist/Technician
Animal Trainer
Animal Welfare Worker
Competition Groom
Dog Grooming Assistant
Dog Grooming Salon Owner
Equine Nutritionist
Equine Welfare Integrity Officer
Horse Breeder
Nature Conservation Worker
Pet Shop Assistant
Rescue Centre Worker
Riding Instructor
Wildlife Centre Employee
Zoo Keeper

Get in touch

If you're thinking about applying to ARU or have questions about your application, contact us:

Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (Please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training)
Friday 9am-4.30pm

Lordship Road
Writtle CM1 3RR
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