Animal Management Unit :: Riseholme College

Animal Management Unit

Animal Management

Student with Lemurs

The animal management department at Riseholme ensures the college is able to provide a wide range of courses that supply students with a solid grasp of all things animal. Our animal unit provides our students with the opportunity to work with a variety of familiar and exotic species, including:

  • Dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Pygmy hedgehogs
  • Reptiles
  • Tropical and temperate fish
  • Insects
  • Spiders
  • Invertebrates
  • Guinea pigs
  • Horses.

Riseholme also has its own kennels, with dog grooming facilities.

None of our animals are involved in invasive research.


Due to the great range of animal species held in the Animal Management Unit, students are able to experience all aspects of animal keeping at a professional level.

There are currently around 100 species on site, all available for use in practical study.

The unit has specific areas for birds and aquatics, invertebrates and reptiles. Mammal species range from small domestics, such as guinea pigs and hedgehogs, to more exotic species, such as lemurs and marmosets.

Students working on the unit will learn animal husbandry techniques relevant to their industry, ranging from working in a laboratory environment to working with exotic species in a public-orientated workplace.

They are also able to work with farm livestock and opportunities are available to visit other animal collections across the UK and Europe to research other species and further any programmes of study.

Kennel and Grooming Facility

The Animal Management Unit includes a commercial kennel and grooming facility. This facility is used for canine-specific courses, but also to teach husbandry techniques on a range of courses and capabilities.

The kennels and grooming centre is a fully operational commercial enterprise, offering students yet more industry experience, and is open to the public all year round for dog boarding and a wide range of grooming services.

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To contact the Animal Management Unit, please call 01522 895471 / 895467.

For the dog grooming workshop, please call 01522 895483.