Animal Science


We have a vibrant Animal Science department that has close links with local employers including Animal Parks and Conservation Groups.

Our students have recently undertaken animal enrichment projects at the parks to enhance the living conditions for various species.

In December 2016 the College HND Applied Animal Science and BSc Animal Science groups will have the opportunity to travel to South Africa on an academic wildlife field Trip/Safari.

Courses Available

Meet the Student

Animal Studies HE

“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

Programme Coordinator Profile

Maureen Collins

Qualifications: PhD Researcher in Conservation of African Wild Dogs. Qualified Veterinary Nurse, BSc in Wildlife Conservation and BA in Professional Studies.

Industries: 20 years in wildlife conservation & veterinary medicine.

Specialisms: African Wildlife, British Wildlife, Radiography and Veterinary Medicine.

"One of my greatest pleasures in designing and teaching these courses is seeing my students progress through the course to achieve successful employment."

Maureen Collins, 2016


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.