Britain is a nation well-known for its love of animals, and the range of careers supporting their care and upkeep continues to grow. With this in mind, there is always a need for new animal lovers dedicated to caring for the nation’s beloved companions, be they furry, feathery, or even a little scaly.
Our Animal Centre is set in the beautiful Suffolk Rural campus in Otley.
Learners have the option of adding specialist units to their course including Exotics and Zoo Animals.
Build your career in
Our Animal Studies Programmes are aimed at those who are seeking a rewarding career in caring for animals and the natural world.
The Rural Campus boasts facilities that support learners in their journey towards careers in zoology, veterinary nursing, animal rescue, rehabilitation, ecology, conservation and many more.
The department includes lecturers with expert industry knowledge from a range of exciting careers in the field. They are able to share their knowledge and passion with our learners whilst supporting their growth and academic skills.
Facilities at Suffolk Rural
The Rural Campus boasts facilities and study programmes that support learners in their journey towards their careers.
Starting at a level 1 introductory level, learners have the opportunity to build their skills and knowledge up to standards that prepare them for employment or level 3 studies. Learners wishing to study at level 3 will gain an in-depth knowledge of topics such as animal health and husbandry, animal nutrition and feeding, and animal behaviour and communication.
During the second year of a level 3 programme, learners have the opportunity to select a pathway that includes the modules that support their career aspirations or journey to higher education.
We offer Level 2 & 3 part-time courses in Dog Grooming in our purpose-built dog grooming salon.
Learners will work on a variety of breeds and sizes and will gain real hands-on experience when working as part of Countryside Paws Dog Grooming Salon.
The Animal Unit
Students on our Animal Studies Programmes have exclusive access to our state-of-the-art animal care facilities. Our Animal Unit is home to a wide range of animals including mammals, both companion and the more unusual, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, birds, and livestock.
During their studies with us, learners will cover every aspect necessary to ensure that each species and individual animal is cared for to the highest welfare standards.
“The course has made me realise that there are specialist areas within grooming, and I’ve become particularly interested in working with dogs who have anxiety issues.”
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Come and visit us on one of our college Taster Events, where you can find out more about our courses, check out our facilities and speak to current learners and staff.
Help & Support
Moving from school to college can be something of a culture shock. But at Suffolk New College we’ve created a supportive, social environment where you can easily get access to the help and advice you need, make new friends and get the most out of your time with us.