• Would you love to work with animals?
  • Are you interested in learning about different species of animals and their needs?
  • Are you considering a career in veterinary nursing or zoology?

While studying with us, you’ll benefit from using industry standard facilities at our Mining Meadows working farm based at our Dinnington Campus.

Choose the Animal Care pathway and you’ll gain hands-on experience of working with our animal collection, which consists of over 200 animals and 60 species, including exotic, domestic and farm animals.

Previous students have gained employment with Mayfield Alpacas, Tropical Butterfly House and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.

Students have also progressed onto university degree programmes including zoology and veterinary nursing.

We also have excellent links with local and national employers and organisations which provide opportunities for work experience and community projects which ensure you have the skills required by employers and you are work ready.

Courses and Apprenticeships available in:

  • Land-based Studies: Animal Care Diploma Level 1
  • Animal Care Diploma Level 2
  • Animal Management Diploma Level 3
  • HNC/HND in Animal Management
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During your studies, you will be able to make full use of the College’s working animal collection, Mining Meadows.

Whilst studying our animal care courses you will gain first-hand experience caring for our animals; with around 200 animals you will gain knowledge of a wide variety of species including farm animals, exotics and pets.

Previous students have moved onto employment within the industry.

Following the Animal Care route you could be:
  • Zoologist
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Research Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Farm Manager
  • Marine Biologist
  • Pet Groomer


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“Animals are my thing, my favourite part of my course was working with aquatics. I hope to continue my studies and become an Animal Technician.”

Maleka Dexter
Animal Care

In June 2016 Rotherham College’s students celebrated their success at the Student Award Ceremonies. Maleka, age 20, was especially pleased to discover she had won the Maltby Lions Club Award for Student of the Year.

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