Zoology is the study of the biology of animals animals and, as such, is a broad discipline spanning physiology, evolution, genetics, animal behaviour, ecology, conservation management and much more. Television programmes such as the BBC series 'Life of Mammals' provide a window into just one aspect (and provide job opportunities for keen zoologists who want to make natural history films!) but there is much more to becoming a zoologist than just the study of one particular group of animals. With specialist training and transferable skills you can expect to work in zoos, teaching, wildlife conservation, museum curation and many other areas.

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A career in zoology is definitely rewarding. You have a chance to work with various animals and have a chance to experience the thrill and the challenges that come with each species. Since zoology is broken down into smaller categories, there are different courses you may need to take, based on the area of interest you have. The following are just some of the possibilities available when you want to consider when you’re exploring the options you have in zoology.

Some of the most common career choices that intertwine in the world of zoology include the following:

  • Zoo keepers
  • Wildlife rangers
  • Zoologists
  • Habitat designer
  • Zoo horticulturist
  • Curators
  • Veterinary team
  • Registrar

Take a moment to explore some of the courses you’ll find when you’re exploring these exciting career paths.

Marine Zoology

A specialized area of zoology, marine wildlife is incredibly fascinating. In this course, you’ll learn about all the incredible animals that live in the oceans of the world. This includes both invertebrates and vertebrates from the smallest types of plankton that fill the ocean waters to the largest of whales. While you’re in the course, you’ll also have a chance to explore some of the real world concerns that these animals face. This includes their current threats, what’s being done to conserve the wildlife and adaptations in a zoo setting. This course is critical for anyone who wants to work in these areas and to explore some of the most fascinating creatures in the world.

Zoo Animal Care and Behavior Courses

If you plan on working in a zoo, then you’ll need animal care and behavior courses. These courses are an extension of how to care for animals in a zoo or safari park. With them, you have a chance to focus on things like the behavior and psychology of the various animals. This includes the variances some species experience when they are kept in captivity, versus their actions when they are in the wild.

These courses are essential for those who want to become wildlife rangers, curators, vet assistants and others interested in this line of work. As part of these courses, you will spend some actual time in a wildlife setting and have the chance to experience the animals up close and personal. Because of that, the course is not completed solely online and you’ll need to plan accordingly for that.

Zoology Diploma Course

With over 8.7 million species in the world, there is no course that will cover all the animals out there. However, you’ll find that many zoology courses will explore many of the most common animals that fill zoos and other wildlife parks. In your field, you’ll be expected to understand some of the different species and breeds that are out there. These zoology courses focus on industry related items that are relevant to the different areas students will be working in. They explore the interactions with other species and how you can provide the best care possible for different animals when you are overseeing them.

Zookeeper Course

A zookeeper course deals with the daily care and handling of the animals in the zoo. As part of this program, you’ll work hands on with the animals and make certain that their needs are being kept at all times. These courses are designed to help you to create an enriching environment for animals, while ensuring they remain stimulated and able to express their natural behavior, despite being kept in captivity.

Wildlife Courses

Through wildlife courses, you have the chance to have a career that allows you to work with the various animals of the world. These courses provide you with hands on experience and allow you to interact with a world of different species. You’ll also explore things like conducting surveys in nature, building natural habitats, man-made disasters and even explore the rehabilitation and healing process of sick animals. This program is vital to those who want to work closely with animals and ensure they receive the best care possible.

As you can see, there are plenty of zoology courses for you to choose from. Each will help you on your path to success and before you know it, you’ll have a great deal of knowledge and experience that will help you to provide the best care possible to the animals of the world. You may even discover that you didn’t know as much as you did right now, but this advanced knowledge definitely helps you with your future interactions with the species covered in these courses.

College Courses

Anglia Ruskin University Zoology BSc (Hons) Degree,  where their programme draws on the expertise of staff from across the Department of Life Sciences to cover the full spectrum of the biology of animals, including physiology, anatomy, behaviour, genetics, ecology and conservation. Anglia Ruskin has excellent links with organisations such as the Institute of Zoology and English Nature, as well as with a number of leading zoos, research centres and wildlife conservation organisations.

Anglia Ruskin University Animal behaviour
You will gain a thorough understanding of how and why animals behave in the ways they do and learn how this knowledge can be applied in areas such as the management and conservation of wild and domesticated animals. You will also acquire the skills needed to carry out your own investigations in order to contribute to future discoveries.

Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Conservation
A degree in Wildlife Biology will equip you with the field methods needed to study wildlife and provide an understanding of population ecology and wildlife management. You will learn about the habitat requirements of populations and the consequences of habitat loss and habitat degradation.

University of Oxford
 has a long-standing reputation for world class research and teaching.

Cornwall College 
Courses include: Zoological Conservation, Wildlife Education and Media, Marine Aquaculture and Animal Science, foundation degrees in Marine Conservation, and Applied Ecology.  The Animal Management National Diploma is a two year full-time course available for anyone over the age of 16.

University of Salford, Manchester Zoo Biology,  This course looks at the conservation roles of zoos and provides opportunities for work placements in the UK and overseas.

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