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Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080)

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Gain specialist technical practical skills, and detailed knowledge and understanding of animal care, with our Extended Diploma in Animal Management at Writtle College.

This advanced-level course gives you the opportunity to learn more about working with animals, explore areas of interest through optional modules, and prepare for a career in animal care and management.

As a student at Writtle College you’ll use our animal studies centre, with its aquatic, reptile and companion animal rooms. It’s part of our rural campus, which, as well as housing small animals, is home to horses and farm livestock.

You’ll also gain experience with a work placement, while completing a portfolio of work that contributes toward your final grade.

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Hands-on learning

Join an Animal Management course at Writtle College and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive species
  • help to support animals’ basic living and nutrition needs
  • go on study trips and gain experience through a work placement.
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Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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Careers and educational progression

Having completed our Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma, you’ll be ready to work in the animal care and management industries. You might join an animal welfare organisation, veterinary practice, wildlife park or perhaps a business such as a pet store, feed company or dog grooming salon. Potential job roles include:

  • Animal centre/unit manager
  • Animal centre deputy manager
  • Dog grooming business owner/manager
  • Pet store manager
  • Kennel and cattery supervisor/manager
  • Pet sitter
  • Dog walker

Or you might choose to continue your studies, by progressing to a university degree course. Options at ARU Writtle – which shares a campus with Writtle College – include BSc (Hons) Animal Management and BSc (Hons) Animal Science.

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