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Animal Care and Equine

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A qualification in Animal Care and Equine could lead to a successful and exciting career working with animals...

If you're interested in the welfare, behaviour and care of animals one of our successful Animal Care and Equine could be perfect for you! We've worked with businesses, organisations and employers across the region to develop industry-relevant courses to help you gain employment in the animal care sector of progress onto a university-level qualification.

You could turn your interest in animals into a job with one of our courses. Whether you know what type of career path you want to enter into or not, our Animal Care and Equine courses will give you a good understanding of working with and caring for animals - which could enable you to progress on to employment or further study.

There are many career opportunities in the sector. The opportunities within the animal care and equine sector are wide and varied, and there are excellent progression opportunities available at all levels for the right people with the right qualifications.

The higher your qualifications, the more you can expect to earn. At Weston College you can study Animal Care and Equine up to degree-level through our higher education partners and University Centre Weston, which means you can become highly skilled and qualified with us.

Why choose us?

  • Our courses. Weston College's courses focus on teaching you the skills and qualifications that employers in the animal care and equine sector look for when they recruit new employees.
  • Our reputation. We're one of the top 20 colleges in the country with a reputation for delivering high-quality teaching and learning. With us, you can expect an excellent level of support, advice and guidance to help you progress towards your goals.
  • Our success rates. In previous years we have enjoyed a 100% success rate on our animal and equine courses, way above the national average of 75%. Previous students have gone on to have successful careers in the industry in roles such including equine therapy and animal centre management.
  • Our facilities. Our Animal Care and Equine courses are taught at one of our partner locations, which includes specialist facilities for our courses. As a Weston College student you will benefit from our lecturers who have many years of relevant industry knowledge.
  • Our links with employers, organisations and universities. We work with dozens of businesses, charities and higher education providers to provide our students with the best chance of progressing into the animal care and equine sector. If you study with us and go on to apply for University Centre Weston's Foundation Degree in Animal Management we will be able to prioritise your application.

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Career opportunities


Typical jobs

Veterinary nurse, veterinary physiotherapist, zoologist, dog groomer, horse groom, veterinary surgeon, pet behaviour counsellor, assistance dog trainer, farm manager, fish farmer, RSPCA or SSPCA inspector, countryside officer.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Animal care workers £11,000-£13,000
  • Veterinary nurses £14,000-£22,000
  • Senior veterinary nurses £25,000+
  • Dog handler £25,000  

Local notes

The RSPCA’s Bristol clinic is the largest branch veterinary clinic in the country, delivering over 12,000 treatments to sick and injured animals every year.


  • 47% of the UK’s population has a pet
  • Volunteers are a significant part of the workforce
  • Almost three quarters of the industry is made up of pet shops and supplies, boarding establishments, and dog clipping and grooming businesses

Data from and LANTRA the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries


Typical jobs

Jockey, performance groom, stable person, stallion handler, stud yard supervisor, stud hand, groom, foaling specialist, trek leader, yard manager, horse transporter, yearling manager, farrier.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Horse riding instructor £12,000-15,000
  • Horse groom £12,500-16,000 • Riding holiday leader £12,000-£17,000
  • Farrier £30,000+  

Local notes

There are an estimated 4,700 employees in the regional workforce, and around 5,020 equine businesses. Hartpury Equestrian Centre in Gloucestershire, which works with Weston College, is internationally acclaimed and boasts a coach selected for the London 2012 Olympics.  


  • 720,000 people own horses in the UK
  • Racing is the second most popular sport in the UK after football
  • There are more than 19,000 horse businesses in the UK employing 41,200 employees

Data from Data from and LANTRA the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries 

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our Animal Care and Equine courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our Animal Care and Equine courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

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What Our Students Say

Louise, Horse Management, Extended Diploma

“I chose to study at Weston College due to the quality of facilities and its excellent record of results. Tutors are extremely supportive they helped me set goals with my work and catch up with my studies as I had to take some time off.”

Louise was proud to achieve distinction grades on the scientific modules of her course and won the Animal and Equine Student of the Year award at the College’s 2013 Celebration of Success event.

What next? As Louise’s course contained business-related aspects, she was able to a Business Apprenticeship, and is working in the College’s HR department. She is considering studying a degree at the College in the future.

Former school: Hans Price Academy

Celebration of Success awards, and recipient Louise

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