Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing

As an Animal Studies student, you’ll develop skills and knowledge in a range of associated subjects such as Animal Health & Welfare, Training, Breeding, Nutrition, Grooming and Business Management.

The animal and veterinary sector is a rewarding and vital career path for those who have a passion for animals, a love for science, and a commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of our furry and feathered companions. Choosing a career in this field means embarking on a journey of care, compassion, and scientific discovery.

One of the most appealing aspects of the animal and veterinary sector is the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of animals and their owners. Veterinarians and animal care professionals play a pivotal role in diagnosing, treating, and preventing illnesses in animals. They also provide guidance to pet owners, farmers, and animal-related businesses on how to keep their animals healthy and happy.

The sector offers a wide range of career options, including veterinary technicians, animal behaviourists, wildlife rehabilitators, and zoologists. Whether you're interested in working with household pets, farm animals, wildlife, or laboratory animals, there is a specialised path for you.

In today's society, the welfare of animals is an ever-increasing concern, leading to a growing demand for professionals in the field. The animal and veterinary sector is not limited to clinical work; it encompasses research, conservation, and education. Many professionals in this sector work with wildlife preservation, animal behaviour, and public awareness campaigns, contributing to a broader understanding of animals and their needs.

Moreover, careers in the animal and veterinary sector often bring individuals closer to nature and the environment. It allows them to interact with a diverse range of species, learn about ecosystems, and work towards preserving biodiversity.

A career in the animal and veterinary sector is not just a job; it's a vocation rooted in compassion and a deep connection to the animal kingdom. It's an opportunity to work with living beings, promote animal health, and be an advocate for the voiceless. If you have a heart for animals and a thirst for scientific knowledge, this sector provides a fulfilling and meaningful career path that promises to make a significant difference in the lives of animals and their human companions.

Career Opportunities:

  • Veterinarian: Average Salary - £30,000 to £60,000 per year (varies based on specialisation)
  • Veterinary Nurse: Average Salary - £18,000 to £30,000 per year
  • Animal Behaviourist: Average Salary - £20,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Zookeeper: Average Salary - £16,000 to £25,000 per year (entry-level)
  • Animal Welfare Officer: Average Salary - £18,000 to £30,000 per year
  • Wildlife Biologist: Average Salary - £25,000 to £45,000 per year
  • Equine Veterinarian: Average Salary - £30,000 to £60,000 per year (varies based on specialisation)
  • Marine Biologist: Average Salary - £25,000 to £45,000 per year
  • Animal Groomer: Average Salary - £15,000 to £25,000 per year
  • Pet Sitter/Dog Walker: Average Salary - Varies widely based on the number of clients and services offered.

Which level and course is right for me?

We offer the largest number of further and higher education courses in North Wales: from Level 1 up to Level 3. We also offer Apprenticeships.

Here is a simple guide that explains the levels, courses and progression routes available to you.


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I really wanted to be a dog handler with the police, and so decided that this qualification would be a great starting point. I’ve learned so much and have thoroughly enjoyed myself too! College taught me to be more independent and to take responsibility for my own learning, which will help me massively when I go to university to study a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training.

Emily Hampton - Animal Management Level 3