Welcome to Animal Courses Direct

We offer an extensive range of Regulated Qualifications and Accredited Courses that are designed to enhance career and employment prospects in the Animal Care, Conservation and Wildlife sectors worldwide.

Animal Care Courses​​​​​​​

Animal Courses Direct (part of Animal Jobs Direct), was established in 2005 and is the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated animal courses that meet rigorous government regulated standards.
We offer an extensive selection of accredited and recognized practical and online animal courses from Level 2 to Level 6.
Our qualifications comply with the Defra Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulation requirements.

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Why Study An Animal Care Course With Us?


We are the largest organisation in the UK, offering Ofqual approved qualifications that meet government regulated standards.

We offer a comprehensive selection of accredited practical and online courses and have been improving animal welfare through education since 2005.

Our Ofqual approved qualifications comply with Defra Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations.

We understand how important it is to raise standards in the animal care sector through education.

Employees can make a massive difference to the animals in their care and to animal welfare if empowered with the right skills.

Our training & behaviour courses only promote force-free methods. Our courses emphasise ethics, environmental enrichment, behaviour, compassionate handling, and stress relief.

Our courses explore and extend the standard and accepted levels and attitudes toward the care and welfare of animals. We also educate on the broader issues that affect all animals, such as responsible tourism and the pet trade.

From the UK and Europe to Africa, the Americas, and beyond, we offer fantastic practical courses working hands-on with animals where students can make a real difference to animal welfare and gain valuable experience.

We provide advice about animal care careers and job prospects, and we assist our students in finding meaningful employment through our well established Job Board.

Our courses enhance career and employment prospects; many of our students have gone on to achieve their dream job working with animals.

We are rated Excellent by Trustpilot.

Student Success Stories

Working with animals is something that we have helped many people to achieve. From school leavers to those wanting to change careers to work with animals, we have helped thousands of students achieve their goals.

If you want to work with animals, we will do everything we can to assist you in achieving this.

We pride ourselves in providing a complete service for our students; we offer personalised careers advice by phone or email, supportive tutoring, and a specialist Job Board run by our team. We have over 100 regulated qualifications and accredited courses to choose from; each designed to improve employment prospects or assist with setting up an animal-related business with success.

Enrolling on a relevant animal course will give you the best chance of establishing a career working with animals.

We have training options relevant for all kinds of jobs and careers with dogs, cats, horses, reptiles plus wildlife and veterinary professions, animal charity, marine, zoo & safari park careers.

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Veterinary Nursing Assistant

“I recently completed my Animal Nursing Assistant course via Animal Courses Direct and I can happily say it was fantastic!! This course has helped me so much whereby I now currently work at a Veterinary Practice as an Auxiliary Nurse and because I have completed the course and a position was available, they are forwarding me onto the Veterinary Nursing and starting college.”

April Murphy



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Primate Conservationist

“Animal Courses Direct gave me the information I required in a clear precise way, gave me the support I required and gave me the belief in myself to move forward with my new career. So many companies hide behind computers and documents which leaves you with more questions than answers”:Update: Craig has now found permanent employment and fulfilled his dream to work with Primates!

Craig Freedman


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Dog Behaviourist

“I adopted a rescue dog from Blue Cross and I spent much of my day training her. I decided to look for a dog behaviour course I could complete online that had an emphasis on dog welfare and taught force-free methods of training. This is how I found the courses at Animal Courses Direct. With the encouragement and feedback from my brilliant tutor, I completed the course with an excellent pass.”

Alison Smith




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