Animal Management Centre students at New College Swindon have been hard at work creating outdoor enclosures for a variety of animals. 

Level 3 Animal Management students teamed up with experts at Zoofab to build the new enclosed habitats building

These include a lorikeet aviary, raccoon haven and prairie dog den.

The new additions to the animal family open up opportunities for degree-level students to have experience with both farm and zoo animals, conservation and wildlife.

Kim Monahan, animal management Lecturer said: “We have worked tirelessly over the past two years to bring a professional animal facility to Swindon students.

"After discussions with local employers, we found that there was a deficit in the provision of zoo-style animal education locally.

"Our new enclosures will be completed in the spring and our outside facility will be ready for teaching our new T Level qualification and our new Higher National Diploma.”

New College Swindon University Centre is launching its first Animal Management HND this year, allowing students who have already been studying Animal Management at Level 3 to progress to the next level, with little disruption to their routine or high fees.

This new degree-level course also opens doors for any local people who have an interest in working with animals and have previously studied a science or humanities subject.