Animal Science


We have a vibrant Animal Science department which enjoys close links with local, national and international employers, including Animal Parks and Rescue Centres. Animal Science students undertake animal enrichment projects at Howletts Zoo for various species, including tigers and wild dogs.

As part of the HND in Animal Science and Wildlife Conservation, students have the opportunity to travel to South Africa on an academic wildlife safari.

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Meet the Student

"Enrolling on the applied animal science course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course has helped me develop my personal views, improve my work and motivation and gain the experience I needed to get my dream job. During the second year, we visited Howletts Wild Animal Park; this included making enrichment activities for the gorillas, painting the bison enclosures and cleaning out enclosures."

"I started volunteering at the Zoo after the course and after a year of I applied for a job on the hoofstock section as a trainee keeper. I was able to use examples of experiences I had gained through with animals during the interview process and I believe it is due to the course that I was able to get the job. I would 100% recommend the course to anyone. The first two years as an HND qualification are not a huge jump from A- levels, and all of the lecturers are so supportive if you need them. The facilities at the college are great, and in the final year it is brilliant having access to University of Kent Library."

Laura Watts

“As well as studying, I work at an RSPCA cat welfare centre. I had previously tried university, but college suits me better."

"Smaller classes mean I get more time with the tutors, who can go into lots more depth about any particular subject. The tutors are very knowledgeable, and you can go to them for absolutely anything.”

Natalia George - HND Applied Animal Science, 2016

Meet the team

Maureen Collins - Programme Leader

"The best thing about Canterbury College is educating students who have a passion for animal science. Having small groups allows for a more practical approach so my students don’t just have the knowledge but also the practical ability that enhances their career aims. To see my students successfully progress is what it is all about."

Andrew McCarthy - Lecturer (B.Sc.(Hons) Biological Sciences; Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) Parasitology & Epidemiology; Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory) (Distinction); Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (Elected 1995))

"The best thing about Canterbury College is the smaller teaching group sizes which allow for much greater individual staff/learner contact time; especially important in research based modules."

Jennie Litten-Brown - Lecturer (BSc, MSc, PhD, DIC, PGCE, PGCAP)

"The best thing about Canterbury College is the wonderful team of supportive staff and students. Each and every member of the team is important and strive to work together for everyone to enjoy the success they deserve."

Ali Chew - Lecturer (BSc(Hons) Psychology, MSc Equine Studies, PG Dip Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, DTLLS, BHS IntSM) 

"The best thing about Canterbury College is: The students – they make it worth it."

Jane Davies - HE Animal Science Programme Administrator (BSc (Econ) Social Policy, Diploma in Secretarial Studies, Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Counselling)

"The best thing about Canterbury College is: The vibrant atmosphere. I believe education is for everyone, for life. It is never too late to learn a new skill."


You have many opportunities to work in voluntary and government conservation organisations operating at local, national and international levels.

Opportunities also exist for you to work in environmental consultancies, environmental education and in wildlife parks.

Previous students have gained employment in zoos, wildlife parks, animal sanctuaries, environmental consultancies and veterinary industries.

What Employers Say:

"Howletts has been working with Canterbury College students since 2011. We hold workshops to enhance their employment opportunities by providing hands on practical experience. In the past, students have engaged in projects at Howletts. These have been very successful and have proved helpful to the keepers, enhancing the lives of the animals in their care. We look forward to working closely with Canterbury college again this year."

Christine Dutfield, Howletts Wild Animal Park

Links with industries

Links to industry include: Howletts Wild Animal Park, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, RSPCA, PDSA, Kent Wildlife Rescue, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, Marine Mammal Group, Wildwood and Lion Aid.