5 Day Course

New Dates Added

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 a USB of images from their time on the course.

*not suitable for university students

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.


Dates Available

29th July – 2nd August 2019 - SOLD OUT

19th – 23rd August 2019 - SOLD OUT

28th October - 1st November - NEW DATE ADDED!



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

New Knowsley Academy Hoodies – these stylish hoodies are heather grey with the Knowsley Academy logo on them. (While stocks last)

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.

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