Animal Care Courses at East Durham College Houghall Campus

Animal Care

The College offers a fantastic range of Animal Care courses at its Houghall Campus, on the outskirts of Durham City Centre.

Our animal husbandry and management courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the animal care industry. All courses offer a clear progression route, enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our animal care courses, so work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital role in your education too.

The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK’s economy. It has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers. When talking about the animal care industry, we are generally referring to boarding kennels, catteries, pet breeders, training, grooming, animal welfare charities, zoos, wildlife parks, public services and performing animals in film and television.

Animals & Facilities

Set on a stunning 476-acre estate, minutes from Durham City Centre, the Houghall Campus is a fantastic place to study animal care.

In September 2016 a new, purpose-built small animal care centre was opened. Inside you'll find a snake house, lizard house, tortoise house, aquatics, small mammals house and an aviary. There is also a commercial dog grooming studio, new, 22-bay dog kennel unit and a new dog agility and walking area.

Inside our small animal care centre you'll find many different species of animals including snakes, tortoises, hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas, frogs, lizards and many others. You'll gain valuable experience of interacting with all these different animals, learning how to look after them and their unique needs, preparing you for your future career in this exciting sector.

Possible Careers

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on higher education courses such as animal science, animal behaviour, veterinary nursing, zoology and a range of conservation courses.

Our students progress on to employment in a range of areas such as animal care charities, supervisory roles in kennels and catteries, grooming parlours, veterinary practices and pet shops. Opportunities in the UK and indeed overseas also include zoos, sea-life centres and conversation sanctuaries.

As a highly respected institution within land based industries, courses at the Houghall Campus really will help your career grow!

Equine Courses

The College also offer a range of courses specific to Horse Care and Equine Studies. Click here for the Equine courses section of the website.

Dog Grooming

If you are looking for details on our highly popular dog grooming courses. Click here for the Dog Grooming courses section of the website.

Veterinary Nursing

The College also run Level 2 and 3 veterinary nursing courses. Click here for the Veterinary Nursing courses section of the website.

Enquiries

For full time or part time Animal Care course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.

To see full details on each of our Animal Care courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

These are the remaining courses available for applications that run in this academic year 2017/18. Please check the start dates within the specific course page itself. The courses for the next academic year, 2018/19 are listed in the next section below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in animal care services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website