NEW Academy Weekend Sessions for 2020

New to 2020 is our weekend Knowsley Academy programme for ages 15 – 18. The whole weekend is just £70 and days will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Participants will be given a free augmented reality guidebook and certificate. You can also add on a branded hoody for just £25!


This weekend programme is designed for those serious about a career working as a vet, zoologist, keeper or conservationist. There will be a mix of theory sessions and practical activities based around the animals on our foot safari. Animal activities may vary but can include making enrichment for our animals, watching private training demonstrations, conducting behavioural studies and meeting our reptiles and invertebrates.


These sessions have been designed in accordance to the latest government guidance on running holiday clubs, they will be held in small groups, social distancing will be in place, there will be minimal equipment used, temperature checks will take place at the start of the session and all participants will sign and follow our additional covid-19 measures. To keep everyone safe, if any students are showing any symptoms consistent with coronavirus they will not be able to take part in the session. As such, during this programme we will not be mucking out animal enclosures.


2020 Dates:
12th-13th September 2020

10th-11th October 2020


2021 Dates Coming Soon

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.


  Regular Price
Members £225
Non members £250



2021 Dates Available





Please note:

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)

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.

We reserve the right to cancel this event.

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