HNC/HND in Animal Management (Wildlife and Countryside Conservation)

Animal care student with rabbit

The course provides you with a wealth of transferable experience and employability skills either to take you straight into industry or onto Higher Education.

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate and Level 5 Higher National Diploma are recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Wildlife Conservation related courses, for example: BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons) in Zoo Animal Management BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Science BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Additionally after completing the Level 5 qualification, students have the option to apply for a Top-up one year course which, upon completion, could provide them with a full BSc (Hons) undergraduate degree.

“I worked as an Accountant and Company Auditor for 10 years prior to teaching – this was in the Medical Industry and Private Training Industry. I decided to teach to offer my knowledge to others, and have been teaching for seven years.”

Conal White
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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2023/24. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Animal Management and Land-based Industries

The animal management and land-based sector is ideal for those who care about improving animal welfare or who enjoy working outside in physically demanding settings.

Animal care student with rabbit

Veterinary Nurse

Average salary - £20,800

Veterinary Nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Keep the practice and equipment clean and hygienic
  • Prepare animals for treatment and assist vets during procedures
  • Administer injections, medication and take x-rays
  • Take care of in-patient animals
  • Support and talk to pet owners about treatment and care of their animals
  • Reception and administrative duties
Working environments

You could work at a veterinary practice or at an animal welfare centre. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.

*EMSI 2021 **


Average salary - £33,000

Zoologists study animals and their behaviours, and work in sectors including agriculture, conservation, pharmaceuticals or for the Government.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Carry out field and laboratory research
  • Study animals in their natural environment or in captivity
  • Identify, record and monitor animal species, and produce detailed reports
  • Use complex procedures, like computerised molecular and cellular analysis, and in-vitro fertilisation
  • Give presentations and publish information in journals and books
  • Supervise technicians
Working environments

You could work in a laboratory or at a research facility. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you’ll travel often.

*EMSI 2021 **

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the animal management and land-based sector include*:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Compassion

What our students say

“Studying locally suits me as I get to stay close to home and it is really accessible. I love how hands-on the course is and I love working with the range of animals.”

Amelia Veal Higher National Certificate - Diploma Level 4 in Animal Management

“I love getting to work with a range of exotic species, and we are constantly learning new topics and information about the animals. It gives me great experience working so closely with them.”

Daisy Carter
Daisy Carter Higher National Certificate - Diploma Level 4 in Animal Management

HNC/HND in Animal Management (Wildlife and Countryside Conservation)