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 Animal Care

Our ever-expanding, on-site Animal Care unit at Boston College contains an impressive variety of animals such as bearded dragons, snakes, tortoises, chameleons, geckos, rabbits, mice, degus, parrots, budgies and many more small animals, birds and reptiles!

Studying theory and practical units on one of our Animal Care or Animal Management courses, you will use rotas to take ‘hands-on’ responsibility of the animals in the unit, enabling you to build up valuable industry experience and skills. You will learn about, and carry out, daily tasks to maintain animal accommodation, undertake practical animal feeding and handling, support animal health and welfare and study the behaviour of a wide variety of animals.
Simple EARN whilst you LEARN!

Get out into the world of work and gain qualifications relevant to the job and to your future by training through a Animal Care Apprenticeship.

Click here to find out more and view our current vacancies!

Alternatively click on ‘Apprenticeships’ below to read all about the Apprenticeship courses that we have available within Animal Care.

If you are aged between 16-24 years old, with qualifications lower than Level 3, a Traineeships is a great stepping stone that can lead to an Apprenticeship or employment. Click here for more information.
If your son, daughter or ward is currently an Animal Care student at Boston College, and you have a question or query, you can contact Vicky Booth, Programme Area Manager for Animal Care by emailing

Case studies

Alicia Emery

I’ve always wanted to be a vet, and after coming to an Open Event and seeing the Animal Care unit at Boston College I knew I wanted to study here. Read more...

Corey Hart and Hannah Dobson

We have a huge variety of animals in Boston College’s Animal Care unit. The practical side of the course involves interacting, handling and caring for the animals. Read more...

Department news

Boston College Animal Care Students jump a huge step closer to dream South Africa trip!

A group of five Boston College students have been tirelessly fundraising for over 18 months with the hope to achieve their fundraising goal for a ‘real-world’ research trip to South Africa this summer.


Career Corner

  • Zoologist
  • Animal Management Technician
  • Animal Keeper
  • Kennel Worker
  • Animal Trainer