New Animal Enclosures Bring New Opportunities and a New Degree-Level Course to New College Swindon

New College Swindon hosted a launch for the brand-new Animal Management Centre in October 2023. Level 3 Animal Management students, alongside experts at Zoofab have been building more outside enclosures. These include a lorikeet aviary, raccoon haven and prairie dog den. The new additions to the animal family open up opportunities for degree-level students to have experience with both farm and zoo animals, conservation and wildlife.

Kim Monahan, Animal Management Lecturer says “We have worked tirelessly over the past two years to bring a professional animal facility to Swindon students. After discussions with local employers, we found that there was a deficit in the provision of zoo-style animal education locally. Our new enclosures will be completed in the spring and our outside facility will be ready for teaching our new T Level qualification and our new HND.”

New College Swindon University Centre is launching its first Animal Management HND this year, allowing students who have already been studying Animal Management at Level 3 to progress to the next level, with little disruption to their routine or high fees. This new degree-level course also opens doors for any local people who have an interest in working with animals and have previously studied a science or humanities subject. This new facility will open up many new higher-paid job opportunities for the local area.

Kim continues “The addition of these animals will allow our students to have real-world experience of animal behaviour through our prairie dog cams and they can also train our Raccoons to complete husbandry practices, such as showing their arm to help administer injections, or crate train them safely. Alongside these exotic animals, we are working with Cats Protection on an exciting new project that will benefit Swindon and our students immensely”.

Abigail Giles, who has applied for the new Animal Management HND at New College Swindon says “I have chosen to study here because they have the best animal facilities in the local area. This new course means I can continue living at home whilst pursuing my dream of working with animals long-term.”

New College Swindon University Centre offers local degree-level courses for anyone from the age of 18+. Our state-of-the-art facilities set us apart from any other local provider; offering mature students the opportunity to focus on their studies 2 days a week, whilst maintaining a work/life balance. For those who aren’t yet ready to complete a full degree-level course, there are many other routes through our adult provision to help you reach your goal of a better-paying job, changing careers or personal development.

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