Animal Care

We are Number 1 in Greater Manchester for Achievement!* Interact with an incredible range of animals, both domestic and exotic, discover how and why animals behave like they do, and follow your passion for these wonderful creatures with a career in animal care – all from right here in Manchester at our Northenden Campus.

The demand for veterinary nurses is increasing every year and career opportunities could see you working as a zookeeper, managing your own farm, or even travelling the world to care for wildlife in desert, jungle and ocean environments. Your journey starts with the great facilities and expert teaching at The Manchester College.

*NARTs 17/18

  • You’ll get to explore a wide range of comfortable habitats in our animal care department, meeting, treating and bonding with animals big and small! You won’t just be working with domestic animals like rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs either. From raccoons to raccoon dogs, boa constrictors to bearded dragons and sugar gliders to Siberian chipmunks, you’ll be amazed at the array of exotic creatures that live here!

  • If caring for animals and interacting with them on a daily basis wasn’t enough, you’ll also get to enjoy visits from guest speakers in the industry, join us for trips to wildlife parks and specialist kennels, and explore a number of other places of interest – all relevant to this subject, your course, and your career goal.

  • All of our animal care courses are designed to prepare you for a wide range of working roles, with specialist skills at Levels 2 and 3. You’ll study for diplomas and BTEC qualifications, learning both the scientific and behavioural knowledge that trainers need and the practical abilities required to effectively care for animals and their habitats.

  • Our animal care department is located at our Northenden Campus, where you’ll also find some wonderful wildlife corridors that provide ideal links to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park. Frequent public transportation makes the department easy to get to!

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Available Courses

Animal Management

Level 3

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Land Based Studies with Animal Care

Level 1

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Animal Care

Level 2

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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Top Careers Opportunities


Average salary: £30k

Animal care worker

Average salary: £16k


Average salary: £19k

Veterinary nurse

Average salary: £21k

This course was a great way to ease back in to studies after a long break. I feel more confident and will keep building up my skills.

Aurore Doineau • Level 2 Adult Animal Nursing Assistants

It was great to spend time with a variety of animals and have the chance to hold them. I’ve made some great new friends.

Kathryne Jose • Level 2 Adult Animal Nursing Assistants

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