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Animal Management

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WE CARE FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL These courses are designed for anyone with an interest in the care and welfare of animals.

Newton Rigg College has a comprehensive Animal Academy, housing a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. As part of Askham Bryan College, which runs six Animal Management centres across Yorkshire and the North East, Newton Rigg’s students will have access to the facilities in York, in addition to sites at Scarborough Sixth Form College, Wakefield College and centres in Middlesbrough and Bradford.

Students study from a broad range of practices, including working with domestic and companion animals through to zoological species and birds.

With a diverse offering of courses at all levels students will apply their knowledge to real-life situations, as well as benefiting from detailed study of animals in captive and natural environments.


The College has an excellent range of over 40 different species of animals housed in several specialised habitat areas; these include an exotics room, small mammal room, dog grooming room, small mammal yard, kennels and catteries, indoor and outdoor aviaries, preparation kitchen, isolation room and two specialised teaching rooms. A wide-range of exotic species are housed including meerkats, sugar gliders, pygmy dormice, spiny mice, various reptiles and amphibians and a variety of parrots.

This unusual variety of animals allows students to develop a wider understanding of the required care across a broad range of species. The College also houses a hand-reared fox. Outside in the paddock there are a variety of waterfowl , alpaca and British rare breed golden Guernsey goats and soon to be British rare breed animals, as well as access to animals on the College Farm and on our Equine Unit.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

• Animal welfare officer
• Dog groomer or animal breeder
• Zoo keeper
• Pet store assistant
• Kennel or cattery manager
• Research assistant or laboratory technician
• Animal nutritionist
• Farm park wardens
• Work with the RSPB, WWF, National Trust and National Parks
• Wildlife rescue and conservation


Working closely with partners in the animal care industry is an integral part of the College’s work and serves to provide a broader spectrum of experience of the types of animal care for our students to undertake as part of their studies.

Our tutors have fantastic links with the Animal Care industry and students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of guest speakers, for example local animal breeders, vets and animal welfare organisations. The Department has a close relationship with the Lake District Wildlife Park and our students study several subjects with the support of their keepers. The Academy works with local charity Eden Animal Rescue and there are also opportunities for students to visit a wide variety of other animal establishments including South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Maryport Aquarium to name a few.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400