Animal Management Centre

This £2 million Animal Management facility opened in 2008 and provides a state-of-the-art setting for studying animal welfare. It provides large theory and practical rooms, while housing an extensive animal collection.

The Centre is broken down into specialist animal areas. This includes a nocturnal room which is home to our Sugar Gliders, chinchillas and Asiatic Desert Dormice and a selection of rodents.

A selection of rodents commonly kept as pets are housed in the nocturnal room (hamsters, Acacia Rats), providing a behaviour comparison to those kept in the diurnal (non-nocturnal) rodent rooms. The College also has a pair of Cuban Hutias (Capromys pilorides) which provide students with hands-on experience with larger rodents.

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The exotic and amphibian areas house a range of snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, frogs, newts and toads. For those interested in fish we also have cold and tropical fish tanks.

The paddock areas are home to the llamas, a flock of Soay and Shetland sheep, goats and ponies. Students also have access to farm animals and horses to increase their practical experience with large animals. The enterprises include a high yielding dairy herd and brand new milking parlour, beef cattle, calf and replacement stock, sheep flock and breeding pigs.

Animal health checks can be carried out in our veterinary nursing room. This area is equipped with a range of veterinary nursing equipment, including an x-ray machine, resuscitation dogs, Tin canis 20 and surgical equipment—providing an excellent learning resource for both vet nursing and animal management students. The isolation room provides the opportunity for students to practice methods of isolation and barrier nursing techniques in a real-life situation.

Dog Grooming

The Centre also has a grooming area that is the base for day-release dog grooming courses. This includes leisure courses for those interested in grooming their own pets to nationally recognised qualifications, for those wishing to run their own business. Dogs and cats coming in for grooming stay in the new kennel and cattery block. For further information regarding the grooming parlour services please contact the Centre direct on 01278 655210.

Getting to the Animal Management Centre

From the War Memorial, proceed directly up the hill, passing the Cannington Centre on your left. At the top of the hill turn right where you see signs for the Animal Management Centre, Golf Course and Equine Centre. Turn immediately right again and you will be facing the car park entrance. You can then walk back down the hill to the main reception.

The car park immediately outside of the Cannington Centre reception, has disabled parking (disability badges must be displayed) and limited visitor parking.

Alternatively, from the main road into Cannington village, turn left just past the War Memorial and proceed down this road, taking the first left. Turn right where you will find a car park. Before the right hand turning you will see the entrance to the Walled Gardens and Tea Shop, we respectfully request that parking spaces along this part of the road are kept clear for visitors to the Walled Garden and Tea Shop.

Please do not park on any yellow hatching, as wheel clamping is in operation on Campus. We do ask that you avoid causing obstructions to local resident's property and avoid parking in residential areas.