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Animal Care Vocational Courses

The best provision for animal care courses in North Devon.

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Industry leading courses

Our Animal Care programmes give you the opportunity to study with like-minded people, who care as much about animal welfare as you do. Packed with practical experience and supporting theoretical knowledge, you will learn how to care for a range of animals, giving you the insight you need to help you choose your future career path.

Our unique on-site facilities include a rodent room, a guinea pig and rabbit room, an exotics room and an aviary - as well as an outside enclosure for our adorable pygmy goats! These great facilities, along with our passionate experts and our 4-legged (and 8-legged!) friends, will support you on your journey to a future in the land-based sector.

After completing our Animal Care courses, students have gone on to pursue their dream jobs as vet nurses, animal centre managers and even wildlife conservationists. Many also undertake our Foundation Degree in Animal Conservation.

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Growing up with all kinds of animals I knew I wanted a career caring for them and learning more about individual topics.


Animal Care and Management, Level 3

Over 12 million pet owning households in the UK

12 million


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The average annual salary for a Vet Nurse



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The average salary for Conservation Officer



Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.