BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation)

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Learn about the zoo industry and wildlife management, in the UK and internationally, with our Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) degree at ARU in Writtle.

If you’re passionate about zoo animals and wildlife and want to support breeding and conservation efforts, our industry-focused course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career.

As well as hands-on learning with animals, you’ll study a range of modules that cover animal health, zoo management and conservation. It’s ideal if you’re interested in a career in roles such as zoo keeping, zoo nutrition or wildlife education.

You’ll be taught by subject-specialist staff, and benefit from campus facilities including dedicated canine and equine centres, a small animal unit and a working farm. Throughout your course, there’s the chance to join ‘behind the scen

es’ trips and other experiences.

We offer a number of animal management degrees at

ARU in Writtle, with a common first year and the chance to specialise in years 2-3. With our Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) course, your focus will be on genetics, biotechnology and animal growth alongside core topics of behaviour, nutrition and health.

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Hands-on learning

Study Animal Management at ARU Writtle 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
  • go on 'behind the scenes' trips and privileged experiences throughout your course
  • learn from high-profile subject specialist staff.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

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


Our Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of the zoo industry and wildlife management. As a graduate, you could consider a number of careers including:

  • zoo keeping
  • zoo nutrition
  • zoo and wildlife education.

You could also consider roles in related fields, with previous graduates finding success working in animal nutrition, animal welfare officer roles, nutrition company sales, and veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies. You might also progress to vet school.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study a Masters degree, such as our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation or MSc Conservation Education and Engagement.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation)

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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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