Knowsley Academy

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Do you know anyone between 15 and 18 years old looking to work with animals or in conservation? Knowsley Academy has been developed for those serious about a career working as a vet, zoologist, keeper or conservationist.

The intensive 5 day course covers practical husbandry experience with a range of animals which may include antelopes, reptiles, carnivores and giraffes. Tasks vary but can include: mucking out, preparing food, making enrichment devices or watching a training session.

There are also theory sessions on diet, anatomy, and behaviour, as well as workshops discussing topical issues within the industry. There will also be a question and answer session focusing on careers for both parents and students.

We will work with those on the course to develop a portfolio to provide evidence of work and successful completion of the course. Candidates will receive a certificate, personal reference statement and CD of images from their time on the course.

Who are we looking for?

Participants will need to be hard working and committed to both practical and theoretical tasks. We will be working outside in all weather conditions just as our vets, keepers and students do. The course is a maximum of 12 participants; students will be working with the education team and professionals in the industry so working as a team is essential.


£225 for our members
£250 for non-members.

As these are very popular courses recommend booking early where possible.

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Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of working with animal we reserve the right to add, change or replace elements of the program without prior notice or explanation.


Monday 8th – Friday 12th April 2019 – LIMITED PLACES

29th July – 2nd August 2019 NOW AVAILABLE

19th – 23rd August 2019 NOW AVAILABLE

"The course content was varied and the work in the classroom obviously created great discussions. . It was obvious from the pictures that the group of students worked well as a team which is important to learn for the job market. It was a lovely compliment to the students and the parents that they were the best bunch you've had for a long time. The time that the keepers gave to the students to tell them about their animals was valuable and greatly appreciated by Patrick, evident by the animated talks in the car on the way home."

"I would just like to thank you both for all your hard work this week - I'm sure you will appreciate how hard it is for 15 year olds to be asked to make career decisions at such a young age. Although Emily knew that she would like a career in the animal industry, she wasn't sure which direction.
We applied for the Academy in the hope that the different experiences would help her to make a decision and the academy has certainly achieved this and helped by showing her how hard the work is, pay expectations and the teaching aspect. She has been returning home each day buzzing and has loved every minute "


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