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With 54 million pets in the UK, we’re a nation of animal lovers.


A billion pound industry and growing, working in the Animal Care and Management profession is one of the most rewarding with students going on to achieve dream careers - often via university and higher level study - in veterinary nursing and medicine, laboratory and ecological work, or pursuing animal-related roles in the Police, retail and agricultural industries.

Kendal College was home to the UK’s first Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre alongside its teaching department. Facilities include an intensive care and treatment room with industry standard surgical equipment and digital x-ray facilities to provide the highest level of care for animals and the best possible practical learning environment for students. Courses are headed up by experienced veterinary staff who could one day be out rescuing baby seals to another day getting hands-on with common wildlife casualties like injured birds or hedgehogs.

Students are actively encouraged to seek out work placement opportunities with organisations and charities like the RSPCA and local vets.

Animal Care can be studied as a full-time course or as an Apprenticeship.

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‘The bearded dragons and geckos are not that scary, we are showed how to handle them properly and I feel more confident, I would never have touched a tarantula before but I would now!’

Hannah Short, Animal Management Level 3

If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

Meet your tutor

Lisbeth Tuckey, Animal Care Lecturer and Veterinary Surgeon

I Have been in charge of the Animal Rescue Centre since it opened and am the college’s Animal Care Lecturer and Veterinary Surgeon. It’s wonderful to be able to share my 30-year industry knowledge with what will be the next generation of animal carers. The response to the courses is fantastic, and our learners have gained so much from the amazing facilities we have.

View our courses

Animal Management HNC/HND
Degree-level 4/5 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The HNC/HND Animal Management will develop students as independent, professional individuals able to fulfil the needs of employers in the Animal Management industry. The course focuses on the behaviour & welfare of animals from across the industry & aims to widen access to Higher Education & employment for successful students.

British Animal Management & Wildlife Rehabilitation
Degree-level 5 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

As part of an academic collaborative partnership with The University of Cumbria, this new Foundation Degree provides an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of British wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and conservation management, based in our unique Animal Rescue Centre.

Animal Management
Full-time 3 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course is intended for anyone who would like to develop a career working with animals. Highly qualified and experienced veterinary, technical and teaching staff support students to acheive this qualification.
It is based around our Animal Recue Centre which has full veterinarian facilities and will allow you to learn what is needed to work with animals. The rescue centre looks after wildlife, exotic species and cats all of which need care to be released or rehomed. Your studies will not only benefit you but the animals within the centre and beyond.

Animal Care
Full-time 2 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course is intended for anyone who would like to develop a career working with animals. Highly qualified and experienced veterinary, technical and teaching staff support students to acheive this qualification.
It is based around our Animal Recue Centre which has full veterinarian facilities and will allow you to learn what is needed to work with animals. The rescue centre looks after wildlife, exotic species and cats all of which need care to be released or rehomed. Your studies will not only benefit you but the animals within the centre and beyond.