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Welcome animal care applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

  • A big hello!

    Welcome to the animal care department and the beginning of a very exciting and fulfilling career! Although, currently the industry of looking after and caring for animals is not operating as normal, we all know that our nation loves animals and this industry is growing year on year, part of which is a large animal visitor attraction economy in the UK that requires knowledgeable and trained employees.

    Once you’ve completed the course you will be perfectly placed to apply for the roles, where our experienced students will be high in demand!

    Animal care is much more than just looking after animals and their needs, it’s also about how animals work on the inside and their different functions in modern society. There are hundreds of different animal care job roles that are required to exceed customer (and animals’!) expectations. Some of our students have gone into employment in pet retail, in kennel/cattery work and in veterinary practices to name a few.

    Our lecturers are experts within the industry and all have diverse experience, with specialisms including animal science, animal behaviour, exotic animal welfare, pet retail and environmental science.

    We offer excellent opportunities to all of our students including the chance to travel and visit the industry in action, undertake valuable work experience and to gain the practical skills required to work in the industry through our links with industry partners such as White Post Farm, Matlock Farm Park, RSPCA and Stonebridge City farm. We hope to have our very own new small animal house ready in autumn that will house some exotic and other small animal species.

    We are very proud of the outstanding progress achieved by students to ensure that they have the very best opportunity to gain employment within the sector or progress to university-level study.

    We really look forward to welcoming you at the college and look forward to helping you develop your knowledge, your skills and ultimately aid you on your journey to success.

    Helen Wilcockson
    Head of Department – Travel, Hospitality, Animal Care and Foundation Studies

  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get invloved in.

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    Complete your applicant information form

    As a condition of completing your application to West Notts, please select your course level below and complete the online form.

    Animal care Level 1 applicants

    Animal care Level 2 applicants

    Animal management Level 3 applicants

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    Watch - Animal handling demonstration

    Here you can watch how animal care tutor Polly assesses the behaviour of a range of animals and she demonstrates how to handle them when picking them up.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Amy's letter

    Read Grace's letter

    Read Jorden's letter

    Read Linda's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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