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Animal Care, Science & Management

With lizards, raccoons, rabbits, snakes and even a colony of resident wallabies (plus loads more!), our fantastic animal care centre has everything you need to start your career in animal care.

Animal Care At EDC's Houghall Campus

Honestly, it's not hard to see why our animal care courses are one of our most popular areas!

Our animal care centre is absolutely jam-packed with exciting creatures (more on those later!) and animal care/animal management courses at EDC include plenty of hands-on work experience of interacting with all of them.

You'll also be studying in a fantastic, modern facility at our Houghall campus in the heart of Durham. In 2016, the college opened a new, purpose-built small animal care centre.

Houghall's now the largest specialist land-based training provider in the North East, so you know you're coming somewhere that's been recognised for its quality education!

Inside the residents are always changing and expanding as we get new animals, but you'll find a snake house, lizard house, aquatics, small mammals and an outdoor area which currently houses our raccoons, raccoon dog and wallaby colony.

There's also a commercial dog grooming studio, a 22 bay kennel unit where many staff house their dogs, and a new dog agility and walking area too.

The whole centre is worth over £3 million! A small price to pay to ensure you get the very best small animal care education the area has to offer.

Fancy taking a look for yourself? View our video below to get an idea of what animal care is all about.

Check Out Our Animal Care Course In Our Video!

More Than Just Care

While learning to care for a wide variety of animals is the core of your course here at Houghall, there's so much more to animal care than just the care part!

As part of your studies, you'll be learning all about the unique physiology of animals, learning the science behind everything from how they live, breathe and eat so you can get an in-depth understanding of the differences between animals (which can be huge!).

Students progressing onto Level 3 courses in Animal Care, Science and Management have the

opportunity to apply for university entrance, where you could move on to a wide range of degree options which further develop your scientific understanding of animals. These can include such examples as Animal Science, Animal Behaviour, Veterinary Nursing, Zoology and a range of Conservation-related degrees too.

Have a Look Around with Our Interactive Virtual Tour

In-Depth Animal Care Course Presentation from Our Lecturer

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