Training courses
Eleanor Stobbart

Training courses

There are many different courses available which can be useful for those interested in careers in zoos and aquariums. Listed below are a few examples. 

If you are an institution interested in advertising your course(s) below, please email [email protected] 

Whilst BIAZA recognises that course decisions can be difficult, it does not validate or endorse the below courses.

The Diploma in Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA), is run by Sparsholt College and BIAZA. It is a two year established programme which is delivered by distance learning by experienced industry experts. (Click for the International leaflet and apprenticeship information). Units in this respected and exciting course cover subjects essential to the running of modern collections such as research, education, conservation, enclosure design, breeding, nutrition, (animal) health and horticulture. Applicants must already be working in a zoological collection or aquarium to be able to participate in the course. Sparsholt College also runs the Diploma in Management of Zoos and Aquarium Animals Volunteer Programme, this programme is similar to the DMZAA programme for keepers and is tailored towards volunteers who are not in paid employment in zoological collections or aquariums.

FOUNDATION DEGREES

University Centre Askham Bryan, York
Degree Information UCAS code
FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation This programme covers the skills and knowledge that can be applied in a range of animal management industries, particularly in the areas of substantial and varied animal collections, with a focus on conservation of animal species. There is an emphasis on project work focused on specific areas of individual interest. Students will be able to work in our very own fully licenced zoo, Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park. D328
FdSc Animal Management This degree programme covers the skills and knowledge that can be applied in a range of animal management based industries, giving students a range of career options at the end of the course. There is an emphasis on assignment work where students can concentrate on specific areas of individual interest. Work placement forms a vital part of the course, giving students real-life experience as well as adding to their employability. D301
University Centre Bishop Burton & Riseholme College
Degree Information UCAS code
FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour This vocational course develops a range of practical and knowledge based skills related to the animal management industry. The content of the programme has been specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the animal management industry. There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities. DC33
FdSc Applied Canine Behaviour and Training This distance / blended learning programme is to provide students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to canine behaviour and training. Students have the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of behaviour, management, training, instructing, consulting and counselling, and these topical areas can then be related to a range of situations. The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques. Apply directly through Bishop Burton website
Higher Education Certificate in Applied Canine Behaviour and Training This programme aims to give students a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to canine behaviour and training. Students have the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of behaviour, management, training, instructing, consulting and counselling, and these topical areas can then be related to a range of situations. The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques.  Apply directly through Bishop Burton website
FdSc Applied Animal Health and Welfare This vocational programme develops a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to animal health and welfare. Compulsory work experience develops practical experience in the workplace. There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent laboratory and animal facilities. The programme content specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the animal health and welfare industry. It includes business and employment elements to improve transferable skills and enable students to set up their own business or take on supervisory roles. AAHW
HNC Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) This programme provides students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal behaviour, management, science and welfare. Students are given a solid foundation in scientific, intellectual, investigative, management and husbandry skills, which are all essential in the animal industry. Our HNC Animal Management is a vocational course which develops a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to the animal management industry. Compulsory work experience develops practical experience in the workplace. The programme includes business and the opportunity for students to gain skills in managing a project – providing excellent transferable skills and enabling students to set up their own business. HCAM
Cornwall College Newquay, validated by Plymouth University
Degree Information UCAS code
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
Nottingham Trent University
Degree Information UCAS code
FdSc Animal Science This course is vocational in nature, with strong industry links utilised during work experience and career planning. Your lectures will focus on key themes in animal management, including animal nutrition, animal reproduction, animal behaviour and animal health and disease. This course contains an animal cognition and training module, which focuses on the integration of theory and practice, with emphasis on many techniques applied when training zoo animals.  
SGS College
Degree Information UCAS code
FdSc Zoological Management 2-year programme.Validated by University of Gloucestershire. Taught at Bristol Zoo, the Zoological Management programme is made up two parts; the FdSc Zoological Management followed by the BSc (Hons) level 6 Top-up Zoological Management and Conservation. This programme is taught by a broad range of professionals from research, field conservation and captive management backgrounds, which will help develop your knowledge of current zoo management practices by embedding you within the industry. 2X6L
University Centre Reaseheath
Degree Information
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 in the 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. 
University Centre Sparsholt, validated by University of Portsmouth
Degree Information UCAS code
FdSc in Animal Management and Applied Science This course gives participants a strong science foundation in biological science, biochemistry and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. D329
FdSc Marine Ecology and Conservation This degree can help to gain the skills and experience needed for a variety of career opportunities in this growing sector whilst enhancing learning with work placements such as coral research and shark conservation both in the UK and abroad. CF17
FdSc in Applied Zoo Science Teaches students to develop research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour and population management and to consider the wider roles of the modern zoo in conservation and education. CD34


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

University Centre Askham Bryan, York
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc/BSc (Hons) Top-Up Animal Conservation This is a ‘top-up’ route to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree for those who already hold a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification. This programme has an emphasis on conservation projects and how animal conservation organisations are funded, together with a critical review of the recent advances associated with the conservation of species. C3T4
BSc/BSc (Hons) Top-Up Zoo Management This is a ‘top-up’ route to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree for those who already hold a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification. This programme reviews the recent advances associated with collections management as well as the role of zoo visitors in terms of visitor experiences, conservation education and their importance to sustaining a business. It also explores how species and habitats are conserved and the role collections play in conservation. D303
BSc/BSc (Hons) Top-Up Animal Management This is a ‘top-up’ route to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree for those who already hold a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification. This programme has an emphasis on applying knowledge to real-life situations, and explores the biology of a range of animals in captive and natural environments. D300
University Centre Bishop Burton & Riseholme College
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top up) This unique degree programme offers the opportunity to study the behaviour and welfare assessment of a range of domestic and exotic species and apply this to their management. There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities. The degree aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related Level 5 qualifications. D390
BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour Management (Top up) This distance / blended learning programme is aimed at students who have already completed a Foundation Degree or equivalent. It aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related level 5 qualifications, whilst adding additional skills and knowledge with respect to canine behaviour and training. The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques. It will enable the student to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject specialism while embedding the necessary expertise to critically evaluate the concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Emphasis is placed on the integration of applied knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines. Apply directly through Bishop Burton website
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Training This programme provides students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal behaviour, management, science and welfare. The programme is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge that can be related to a range of species and situations. C125
BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science The programme provides a sound scientific knowledge base of animals and livestock production systems that underpins a thorough understanding of the applied aspects of animal science. Emphasis is placed on the integration of applied knowledge and skills providing hands-on experience with companion, farm and exotic animals. Students will practise a wide range of laboratory techniques required by the animal science industry. D422
Cornwall College Newquay, validated by Plymouth University
Degree Information UCAS code
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
Nottingham Trent University
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc Zoo Biology This course represents a unique opportunity for you to study the biology of zoo species. Your lectures will cover major scientific principles, including anatomy and physiology, behaviour, genetics, ecology and nutrition and you’ll apply these principles to the management and conservation of zoo animals. A nine month industry placement is optional (Sandwich course) but with strong industry links and active industry-relevant research conducted by lecturers, this course sets you up well for working in the zoo industry with a well-recognised Biological Science degree.  
BSc Zoology An exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about and fascinated by the natural world and animal diversity. The course explores a wide range of species including single celled organisms, invertebrates (e.g. insects, arachnids, crustaceans and cephalopods) and vertebrate species. You will study whole animal biology, physiology, animal behaviour, parasitology, taxonomy, evolution and genetics. Students develop a wide range of graduate skills preparing them for a range of science and zoology careers. These may include science communication and media, curation of natural history collections, field or laboratory research, data analysis and wider graduate careers.  
BSc Animal Biology The course provides a fantastic opportunity develop a sound understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of managed animals, drawing upon recent advances in animal performance and sustainable management. The course focuses predominantly on companion, working and farm species. Your lectures will cover major scientific principles, including anatomy and physiology, behaviour, genetics, nutrition and animal performance, applying these principles to the welfare, breeding and management of domestic species.  
SGS College
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc Zoological Management and Conservation  1 year L6 Top-up programme. Validated by University of Gloucerershire. Taught at Bristol Zoo, the BSc (Hons) level 6 Top-up programme in Zoological Management and Conservation, aims to develop advanced practitioners in the field of animal collection management for conservation. A strong focus is given to the role collections play in conservation activities such as conservation translocations and conservation communications. D390
University Centre Reaseheath
Degree Information
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, validated by University of Portsmouth
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc (hons) Applied Animal Science Full Time - The programme combines knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. D320
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science Top-Up  A great progression route for graduates who have an animal-based foundation degree and are keen to combine knowledge and research techniques in animal welfare and behaviour. D328
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour Top-Up This course focuses on the practical application of animal behaviour science and theory, this programme studies human and animal psychology and ethology, as well as considering the anatomical and physiological control of behaviour, legislation and ethics. Apply directly on Sparsholt Website
BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-Up This course develops research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour and population management, as well as considering the wider roles of the modern zoo such as visitor learnings. C300
University of Chester
Degree Information UCAS code
BSc Zoology Zoology involves the study of the structure and function of animals, biodiversity and ecology of ecosystems, and conservation biology in order to understand, protect and manage species, habitats and ecosystems. The course aims to provide you with a wide skillset and covers local and global terrestrial and aquatic zoological issues whilst encouraging both a theoretical and applied approach to the subject. As part of the course you'll have the opportunity to participate in a national and an international field course. . 5C18
BSc Animal Behaviour With an emphasis on free-living, wild animals you will follow a scientifically driven programme of work that develops your fundamental skills and knowledge and then uses them in cutting-edge applied contexts such as conservation and welfare sciences. This is a long-established course with internationally recognised staff engaged in research that underpins teaching at all levels. We make great use of local and UK-wide field/zoo sites and there is scope for international fieldwork and research alongside our staff and research partners. D326
Writtle University College, Chelmsford
Degree Information UCAS code
Bsc (Hons) Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) An opportunity to learn the practical, applied, and theory aspects of animal and zoo-based knowledge and skills. Develop a sound understanding of zoo husbandry and management alongside wildlife conservation and reintroductions. This course provides rounded education; including nutrition, breeding, animal behaviour, health, welfare and ethics. D305
Bsc (hons) Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) With emphasis on greater science, this course equips students with knowledge of nutrition, biochemistry, health science, genetics and more. The zoo and wildlife content cover zoo husbandry and management alongside conservation and reintroductions. Writtle has excellent links with Zoos, the Royal Veterinary College and the Institute of Zoology. D308

POSTGRADUATE DEGREES

University Centre Askham Bryan
Degree Information
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare The MSc programme in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare is aimed at those that are due to graduate or have graduated in a related subject area. Alternatively, you may be employed within the animal industry with significant experience and would like to develop higher level skills relating to clinical behaviour in animals. Animal welfare is increasingly becoming a focus in all animal related industries, with increasing demand for clinical behaviourists and trainers across the UK and internationally. Key organisations such as the RSPCA and the Dog Trust are requiring more behaviour and welfare specialists as the industry moves towards becoming more regulated. Modules will be delivered in week blocks (4-5 days) at our main York Campus. Each module (with the exception of the postgraduate project) will be studied over one week block. There will be four weeks per year which students will be expected to attend.
MSc Zoo Management and Conservation The MSc programme in Zoo Management and Conservation is aimed at those that are due to graduate or have graduated in a related subject area. Alternatively, you may be employed within the industry with significant experience and would like to develop higher level skills relating to animal wildlife conservation. You will gain skills to critically assess the role of management, infrastructure, income generation, stock and visitors in zoo environments. Additionally, the course will equip you with the ability to analyse ecosystems and produce solutions to complex ecological models. You will develop advanced knowledge and expertise necessary to help conserve habitats, species and preserve biodiversity. Modules will be delivered in week blocks (4-5 days) at our main York Campus. Each module (with the exception of the postgraduate project) will be studied over one week block. There will be four weeks per year which students will be expected to attend.
University Centre Bishop Burton & Riseholme College
Degree Information
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare The programme is distinctive in that it allows students to look at developing the academic theories of animal behaviour and welfare with the practical applications of this knowledge in a wider context. Throughout the programme there will be a strong emphasis on the ethics and welfare of using animals and students will be able to consider the physiological areas relating to animal welfare.
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training This programme has been designed to allow graduates in animal science, biology, psychology, zoology or veterinary science the opportunity to enhance their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the scientific study of animal behaviour in ways that can be applied effectively in science and practice. By learning directly within our extensive animal management centre and on an existing farm, students have the opportunity to increase their understanding and awareness of the application of scientific principles to the study of animal behaviour.
Edinburgh University
Degree Information
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
The Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College
Degree Information
Msc Wild Animal Health The Msc Wild Animal Health teaches participants principles and practices of managing all aspects of wild animal health in both captivity and in the wild.
Msc 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.
MSci Wild Animal Biology The MSci in Wild Animal Biology is an undergraduate integrated master’s degree, the aim of which is to give you a thorough foundation in biosciences, with further specialisation into wild animal biology in the fourth year (Masters) of study.
University Centre Sparsholt
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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.
University of Chester
Degree Information
MSc Wildlife Conservation The rapid decline of global biodiversity has made wildlife conservation a crisis discipline. This has led to growing local, national and international demand for specialists with academic and practical wildlife conservation skills. Our postgraduate course provides an opportunity to learn from conservation- and research-active scientists with UK and international experience.
MRes Biological Sciences Our Department has expertise across the field of Biological Sciences. This includes a whole organism focus with research in Conservation Ecology, Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. We also offer a range of laboratory-focused research, including projects involving Conservation Genetics, Bioveterinary Science and Molecular Biology. Our projects often involve external partners and allow students to develop wider links in their chosen sector as well as bringing additional expertise to the project teams. You will have the opportunity to develop research and project management skills as well as building your knowledge and experience in your chosen subject area.
MSc Animal Behaviour From newts to bats, gorillas to cats, there is always more to learn about the mechanisms underlying behaviour. On this course you will get to grips with cutting-edge techniques used by top scientists to uncover the secrets of the natural world. You will explore how our most recent findings can be applied to solve real-world problems, such as in enhancing captive animal management or mitigating the effects of climate change. You will gain an understanding of key ethical dilemmas in the field, have the opportunity to improve your research skills, and explore a topic of interest to you in a personal dissertation project, which could provide you with valuable networking opportunities and experience in a specialist field such as wildlife monitoring or animal management. We have close links with zoos, aquaria, charities and NGOs – invaluable for helping you on your future career path. NA
MSc in Marine and Coastal Resource Management Our ability to predict and understand the level and type of impacts that humans levy on the marine environment through activities associated with waste dumping, fisheries and aquaculture, oil and mineral extraction, tourism and recreation, and industrial and urban development underpins knowledge of how and why interactions of these often conflicting enterprises need to be managed and controlled. This course provides a wide range of unique and exciting theoretical and practical training opportunities for students aspiring to build successful careers in the marine environment sector.
MSc Animal Welfare The assessment and enhancement of animal welfare are key to a variety of industries including farming, scientific research, zoos, the pet trade and service animal training. On this course you will learn from experts in industry and research how this is achieved using modern techniques. You will assess how an evidence-based approach can be applied to improve a range of scenarios such as housing, training and transport practices. You will gain an understanding of key ethical dilemmas in the field, have the opportunity to improve your research skills and explore a topic of interest to you in a personal dissertation project.
Writtle University College
Degree Information
MSc in Animal Welfare and Conservation This course 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

Other courses of interest

  • Writtle University College offers a two-year Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation), which includes subjects such as animal behaviour, nutrition, breeding, Zoo management and wildlife conservation. Participants on the course develop legal knowledge and applied management skills necessary to effectively manage an animal collection (Writtle University College, Chelmsford. UCAS code D313). It also offers a two-year Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation). 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 D312). Writtle also offers a one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Studies UCAS code D303. 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
  • Sparsholt College in Hampshire 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 Penny Hounsome at Sparsholt College by clicking here.
  • The Institute of Zoology runs a joint partnership course with the RVC, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Melbourne and the Wildlife Institute of India - Interventions in Wild Animal Health. This is a practical field course for qualified veterinarians building skills and knowledge in population monitoring, the human-wildlife interface, disease outbreak investigation, pathological examinations, wildlife crime and forensic investigation and wild animal restraint and anaesthesia on both terrestrial and aquatic species.  
  • Animal Courses Direct offers a Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping Ofqual Code: 603/4158/0 which consists of online theory and 1 week of practical training at a variety of prestigious Zoos including: Dartmoor Zoo, Blackpool Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, West Midlands Safari Park. This Ofqual Regulated Qualification in Zookeeping at Level 3 is perfect for those who wish to work or volunteer in Zoos, safari parks or wildlife collections. The course covers topics across Zoo Development, Animal Welfare, Ethics, Conservation, Zoo Design, Disease, Prevention, Animal Management, Zoological Collections, Animal Enrichment, Zoos in the Media, and Legislations. This course is associated with the Zoological Society of London where students will be eligible to apply for a ZSL Fellowship and get unlimited access to London and Whipsnade Zoo plus access to the ZSL library of rare zoological texts. We also offer a range of wildlife qualifications suitable for those training and working with wild animals including: Zoo Animal Nutrition, Primates, Reptiles, Carnivores, Aquatic Life, Elephants, Bird Species, Farm Animals, Biodiversity Management, Sustainability, Marine Biology and African Wildlife (Coming soon).
  • Wild About Welfare Online Learning Programme: This online course is tailored towards anyone wanting to improve their knowledge and understanding of animal husbandry, behaviour, welfare and care as well as other aspects of animal management. Each programme module has a learning document and an interactive quiz, with questions and activities to encourage knowledge retention and inspire learning. The programme is fully accessible from a computer or mobile device and is completely free to access. By providing access to BIAZA’s members the Wild About Welfare programme has the potential to build on the advancing standards of animal welfare across its membership. Wild Welfare is committed to improving captive wild animal welfare through education and capacity building.