Our welcoming and supportive tutors are passionate about animals, wildlife and the environment. Each member of the department has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both animal care and teaching.
From working as a Marine Biologist in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to working in British conservation and ecology, you’ll learn from their experiences and benefit from their links to the industry.
Learn more about some of our tutors and technicians:
Liz Peters - Head of Department
Liz possesses 30 years’ experience in the service industries and worked as a manager in a variety of colleges including Bury College, Calderdale College and West Lancashire College.
Liz became Head of Department for Animal Care in 2021 after spending a number of years as Assistant Principal for Service and Retail Industries.
She is passionate about improving the lives and the employability skills of learners in Greater Manchester.
Jack Stevens - Head Animal Technician
Jack has worked within the animal industry for 10 years, since beginning work experience in secondary school at a dog training center.
He has worked with various species in animal collections including Eurasian wild boar, wallabies and skunks - which is why he finds this industry to be hugely rewarding. Jack has a love of some domestic animals too, he even has a pet rabbit called Theo and English Bull terrier called Thomas.
Jack has industry experience with aquatic species managing various aquatic systems. Jack has been at The Manchester College for 3 years and worked closely on the design of a new Centre of Excellence.
Philip Pownall - Tutor
Philip has completed a BSc in Zoology with Animal Behaviour at Bangor University and has over 10 years’ experience working within the animal management industry. This includes experience as a zookeeper at Welsh Mountain Zoo, working with animals including big cats, primates, birds of prey, alligators and training the Californian sealions. Whilst at the zoo he would conduct animal presentations and shows alongside zoo animal husbandry. Philip has also worked within a horse sanctuary training horses that are feral to assist with rehabilitation. He specialises in animal behaviour, breeding and genetics, nutrition, and zoo animal health.
Kirsty Munro - Tutor
Kirsty has a BSc (Hons) in Zoo Biology and a MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology and has over ten years’ experience working in the animal care industry.
During her time in the sector, she worked as a zookeeper and in conservation before more recently
becoming a tutor at The Manchester College. Kirsty’s specialisms are science, conservation and herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles.
Lauren Eatock - Tutor
Lauren has worked within the animal care industry for 14 years since starting her Level 3 Extended
Diploma in Animal Care at the age of 16. She has work at different educational establishments for the past 8 years where she has gained valuable experience with a range of different learners. Lauren has a particular interest in small mammals and has a pet cat called Sloan.
Lauren has taught a range of subjects from Level 1 to Level 3 over her teaching career, her favourite subjects to teach are Animal Welfare and Ethics, Animal Health and Animal Breeds.