There are many different courses available which can be useful for those interested in careers in zoos and aquariums.
The Diploma in Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) is run by Sparsholt College and BIAZA. It is a two year program and delivered by distance learning. Units in the course cover subjects found in modern collections such as organisations, research, education, conservation, enclosure design, breeding, nutrition, (animal) health and horticulture. Please be advised that at the moment due to the practical elements of the course applicants must already be placed or working in a zoological collection or aquarium to be able to partake in the course. Sparsholt College also runs the Diploma in Management of Zoos and Aquarium Animals Volunteer Programme. As the title suggests this programme is similiar to the DMZAA programme for keepers except this is tailored towards volunteers in zoological collections or aquariums and is only open to those that do not have paid employment in zoological institutions.
|Ashkam Bryan College, York, validated by Harper Adams University|
|FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation||which gives participants skills and knowledge which can be applied in a range of animal management industries, particularly in the areas of substantial and varied animal collections with a focus on the aspect of animal species conservation||D328|
|FdSc Animal Management||gives participants skills and knowledge which can be applied in a range of animal management based industries in particular areas of conservation, health and science||D301|
|Cornwall College Newquay, validated by Plymouth University|
|FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology||will teach participants, through the study of the underlying science, about the techniques used in the management of animal behaviour with a special focus on the consideration of animal welfare and promotion of humane treatment of animals||DC38|
|FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare||offers specialised modules which develop skills in animal care and health and enhance knowledge of animal biology||D301|
|FdSc Conservation and Ecology||will teach participants about field (research) techniques used conservation management programmes||C180|
|FdSc Marine Conservation||teaches participants about marine ecology, biology and conservation as well as practical survey skills||F711|
|FdSc Wildlife Education and Media||mixes biological and conservation science with creative modes of communication and is designed for those interested in a scientific communications careers (e.g. educators in zoos or aquariums)||XP33|
|FdSc Zoological Conservation||gives participants the skills required to help conserve wild animals by developing knowledge in topics such as ecology, biodiversity, animal nutrition, captive breeding, reintroduction and conservation of marine species||C390|
|University Centre Reaseheath|
|FdSc Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)||This course combines academic knowledge with practical experience to give you a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour and welfare of many different animals, both in captivity and int he wild|
|FdSc Zoo Management||Aimed at those who wish to pursue a career within the zoo industry, this programme provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in the management of zoo animals|
|FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training||This course is asimed at students who wish to develop a career within the canine industry, but spefically those involving aspects of behaviour and training. Through a combination of academic study with practical learning oppertunities you will develop the skills, knowedge and practical competencies needed to work within this industry.|
Capel Manor College offers an FdSc in Animal Management and Zoology. Participants will gain advanced practical animal care skills whilst developing the business knowledge needed to manage zoological collections. Learning how to enrich customer experience, education and animal encounters so that they make a lasting impression (UCAS code 103Z) (Capel Manor College, validated by the the Royal Agricultural College).
Sparsholt College offer an FdSc in Animal Management and Applied Science. This course gives participants a strong science foundation in biological science, biochemistry and vertebrate anatomy and physiology (UCAS code D329) (Sparsholt College, Hampshire, validated by University of Portsmouth).
|Bsc (Hons) Animal Management||offers participant a broad understanding of applied animal sciences with modules including husbandry, exotic animal collection management, conservation and behaviour||D300|
|Bsc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity||which focusses on wildlife and offers subjects which include ecology, field ID skills, exotic collection management, global conservation and wildlife and landscape conservation||DC41|
|Bsc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour Science and Welfare||teaches participants about the welfare of animals in captive environments and offers modules which include animal training, behaviour, problem behaviour management, behavioural therapies and neuroscience||D302|
|Askham Bryan College, York, validated by Harper Adams University|
|Bsc/Bsc (Hons) Animal Conservation||emphasis on conservation projects and how organisations are funded alongside a critical review of recent advances made in species conservation||C3T4|
|Bsc/Bsc (Hons) Zoo Management||teaches participants about the recent advances made in collection management and the role of zoo visitors in terms of visitor experiences, conservation education and business sustainability. Additionally, it teaches about species and habitat conservation and how (zoological) collections are involved in conservation||D303|
|Bsc/Bsc (Hons) Animal Management||teaches participants about animals in captive and nature environment combines with business management skills needed to run a successful animal enterprise||D300|
|Hartpury University Centre|
|Bsc (hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare||will provide participants with detail knowledge about animal behaviour and welfare and includes modules on assessing animal welfare, measuring behaviour and animal training||D329|
|Bsc (hons) Applied Animal Science||will teach participants a wide range of skills and include pathways within the degree including animal nutrition, wildlife conservation, health and diseases, behaviour and welfare and laboratory science||D320|
|Writtle University College, Chelmsford|
|Bsc (Hons) Animal Management||offers participants to gain practical husbandry skills and teaches modules which include nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour in a wide range of species||D301|
|Bsc (hons) Animal Science||offers participants a science – based course which include nutrition, health, genetics and reproduction and allows a specialisation in zoo animals||D321|
Sparsholt College offers a Bsc (hons) degree in Animal Management. The programme combines knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. (UCAS code 320). (Sparsholt College, Hampshire, validated by University of Portsmouth).
|Cornwall College Newquay, validated by Plymouth University|
|Bsc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology||offers participants who are interested in marine wildlife a complete understanding of marine animals and ecosystems||0B4X|
|Bsc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation||has an emphasis on practical application within the field of conservation. Modules range from anatomy, physiology of specific animals, behaviour and population managements||0V47|
|Bsc (Hons) Applied Zoology||is designed for foundation degree graduates and will develop skills of scientific analysis, communication and evaluation||C300|
|University Centre Reaseheath|
|BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare||Aimed at students who wish to develop a career within animal behaviour and/or animal welfare, this course includes specialist modules and practical experience with a range of domestic and companion species. This experience will enable you to understand the behaviour and welfare of many different animals, both in captivity and in the wild. Students are based at Reaseheath during their first year, utilising the zoo-licensed facilities on campus. You will be based at the University of Chester during your second and third years.|
|BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare with a Foundation Year in Animal Sciences||This course is all about building your confidence and giving you the skills and knowledge required to progress on to study the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare or other courses. Supported by a team of dedicated staff, you will develop your study skills and gain plenty of guidance through regular one-to-ones and small group tutorial sessions. You will enjoy hands-on sessions in our licensed zoo and study vital scientific principles in our dedicated science laboratories.|
|BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology||Aimed at those who wish to develop a career within wildlife conservation, this course provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in conservation, ecology and wildlife.There is an opportunity for your dissertation research in the final year to include ecological field work. This allows students to work with lecturing staff on relevant unique research experiences.|
|BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) Top-Up||A great progression route for graduates who have an animal-based foundation degree and are keen to pursue a career working with a range of domestic, exotic or companion species.Through lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions you will focus on developing your academic and professional skills in rehabilitation therapies, behavioural management and related topics.|
|BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour and Training Top-Up||The flexible structure of this top-up degree means it’s ideal preparation for working in a range of roles involving the welfare, training or behaviour modification of dogs. The emphasis of this course focuses on the ethical, legal and welfare issues associated with dogs, looking at a variety of contexts and circumstances.Modules are designed to prepare you for professional work in the industry so feature extensive practical experience using the college kennels and dedicated training facilities, working closely with staff and dog owners. You will also complete an undergraduate dissertation project giving you the opportunity to consider a chosen specialism in-depth as well as gain first-hand experience of the scientific research process.|
|BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology with a Foundation Year in Animal Sciences||This course is all about building your confidence and giving you the skills and knowledge required to progress on to study the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology or other courses.Supported by a team of dedicated staff, you will develop your study skills and gain plenty of guidance through regular one-to-ones and small group tutorial sessions.You will enjoy hands-on sessions in our licensed zoo and study vital scientific principles in our dedicated science laboratories.|
|BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up||This course is ideal for students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Zoo Management (or equivalent qualification) and are looking to top-up to a full BSc Honours Degree. This programme provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in the management of zoo animals. The course includes specialist modules and practical experience with a range of exotic species – mammals, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles and birds of prey. You will study in our award winning zoo, accredited by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).|
University Centre Sparsholt offers the Bsc (top up) Zoo Biology. The course emphasis on evidence-based husbandry as a fundamental feature of contemporary zoo biology and combines practical research skills, husbandry techniques and vital management skills. (UCAS Code 300). Nottingham Trent University offers the Bsc (Hons) Zoo Biology. The course focusses on the biology of exotic animals and applies this to all aspects of management and species conservation in captive and none captive populations
Hartpury University Centre offers the MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare and will expand participants knowledge of animal behaviour and animal welfare science and offers subjects such as animal cognition, animal personality, animal communication and language, social behaviour and method of animal welfare assessments, welfare legislation and implications on welfare of keeping captive animals (UCAS code D329).
|Msc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law||is a part time programme delivered by Online Learning and aims to develop the participants understanding of how scientific evidence can be applied to give insight and improve animal welfare standards worldwide.|
|Msc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare||is run in conjunction with SRUC and aims to give participants a scientific background and approach to animal behaviour and welfare|
Plymouth University offers an Msc in Zoo Conservation Biology which focusses on captive populations and how those effects behaviour, conservation, welfare and interactions and how zoological institutions are managed. Working closely together with Paignton Zoo provides participants access to direct insight into management of a zoological institution.
The Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College offer an Msc in Wild Animal Health and an Msc in Wild Animal Biology. The Msc Wild Animal Biology provides participants with advanced training in principle of biological science which underpin wildlife health and wildlife research strategies. The Msc Wild Animal Health teaches participants principles and practises of managing all aspects of wild animal health in both captivity and in the wild.
Manchester Metropolitan University offer an Msc in Zoo Conservation Biology. The course is run in collaboration with the North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) and is designed to teach graduates who want to develop careers in a zoo-based research, welfare, conservation or a managerial role. The theory classes take place both at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chester Zoo. The course offers the possibility for a three month placement and relevant research project at zoological institutions around the UK.
University Centre Sparsholt offers an Msc in Applied Zoo Biology. With a strong science foundation, the course is designed to expand knowledge of zoo animal biology and welfare, while investigating contemporary issues in the zoo industry. There is a particular emphasis on research methods and application, not only to improve animal husbandry, but also to consider visitor experience and education.
Writtle University College offers an MSc in Animal Welfare and Conservation which develops an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the biology, welfare and conservation of domesticated and wild animals managed for production or leisure. Writtle has excellent links with Colchester Zoo and new links have been established with the University of Aberdeen, the University of Reading, the Royal Veterinary College and the Institute of Zoology.
The University of Chester offers an MRes in Biological Sciences: Wildlife Behaviour and Conservation that focuses on developing core research skills whilst carrying out student-led projects in the fields of animal behaviour and conservation. We work with a range of zoos and NGOs, both within the UK and internationally, to ensure our students’ projects contribute directly to the conservation of the species or habitats involved. Students work closely with their supervisory team to acquire the specialist skills necessary to pursue their chosen career path.
Other courses of interest
Writtle University College offers a two-year Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Management, which includes subjects such as nutrition, breeding, behaviour, health and animal’s environment. Participants on the course develop legal knowledge and applied management skills necessary to effectively manage an animal collection (Writtle University College, Chelmsford. UCAS code D392). It also offers a two-year Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Science. A wide range of species are available to enable students to gain sound practical animal management skills, which are then complemented by an academic programme that covers topics such as nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour. Students are able to focus their studies on different animal species in order to make their degree relevant to a particular career (Writtle University College, Chelmsford. UCAS code J2BQ). Writtle also offers a one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Studies. For more information contact their admissions team.
The Royal Veterinary Colleges in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science in Sri Lanka together with Chiang Mai University in Thailand in recent years have run the Asian Elephant Health Course. To stay up to date with the latest information and availability please visit here
Sparshold College in Hamshire run a Certificate and Diploma in Zoo Leadership. This course builds on the DMZAA course and develops management skills for zoo leadership. To apply please email Andy Beer at Sparshold College by clicking here.