Saturday 30 March 2019  @ Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire)

The College of Animal Welfare
Headland House, Chord Business Park, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2BQ

FREE ENTRY – 10am-3pm


‘Careers with Animals Day’ is a free annual event set up by The College of Animal Welfare that has been running for over 25 years! Whether you are still at school, are looking for a career change or are already working with animals and looking at other options, there is something for you!

Listen to careers talks and speak to the professionals who have ‘been there, done that and got the t-shirt!’

Further details on the 2019 event (March) will be available in due course.

Exhibitors (2018)

You can see a list of exhibitors below who will all be attending the event this year!

 Animals at Home 

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Animals at Home is the UK’s leading national pet care company; offering animal care services throughout the UK from franchised branches. Working from a DEFRA Approved animal ambulance / pet transport vehicle, pet carer business owners carry out daily animal care duties for their clients and pet transport for owners, local vets or nationally for pet relocation and further travel through airports and ports.  Animals at Home are now recruiting new franchisees to become business owner operators within the pet care industry. A full structured training and support package is included in the franchise territory purchase.

The British Racing School

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At The British Racing School, we provide Apprenticeships for young people wishing to start their careers in the exciting industry of Horse Racing. All training takes place in our state of the art facilities located in Newmarket, Suffolk. On completion of the residential element of the course, our trainees are guaranteed work placements with Racehorse Trainers located all over the UK. There are plenty of opportunities in a racing yard: Assistant Trainer, Head Lad, Jockey and Work Rider to name but a few. With prospects of career progression and world travel coupled with the thrill of riding a thoroughbred, Racing is a career like no other.

The British Horse Society 

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A career in the equine industry can be very rewarding and lead to extraordinary experiences.  Whatever your career aspirations; caring for horses, riding professionally or coaching the next generation, there’s a pathway for you.  Our world-leading BHS Equine Excellence Pathway offers you the opportunity to progress your career and learn practical, real-world skills within a structured platform. As part of your journey we’re here to guide, advise and support you through every stage of your development.

The College of Animal Physiotherapy (TCAP)

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We provide the opportunity for individuals to extend their knowledge and skills into the exciting world of animal physiotherapy, without having to first train as a human physiotherapist.  We train animal physiotherapists to the highest standards, by passing on our knowledge, gained from years of experience. Animal Physiotherapy is an exciting and rewarding career.  The most essential requirement is that you have a natural affinity with animals.  An understanding of the needs and requirements of an animal and the ability to read and interpret their feedback is an integrated skill that can only be developed through time.


The College of Animal Welfare


The College of Animal Welfare was established in 1989, with the vision to use education to help tackle animal welfare issues and the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals. Today, the College has centres in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and Scotland and specialises in training in the land-based sector. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare.



Cromwell Veterinary Group 

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Cromwell Vets, Cambridgeshire’s Vets for over 100 years. Our main hospital, with its 24 hour emergency service is based in Huntingdon. We also have five local surgeries in and around the surrounding area. We are a training practice enabling us to offer student veterinary nurse’s placements in practice.


Fens Falconry 

Fens Falconry

Fens Falconry is a private bird of prey facility offering unique experience days and bespoke events at our Cambridgeshire site along with high class demonstrations at game fairs and shows. We have a growing and varied collection of 45 birds all trained to a high level. Staff members and volunteers are encouraged to develop and progress. The company is run as a small business with a friendly team.


Hamerton Zoo Park

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Mayhew is one of the most effective animal welfare organisations in London, helping thousands of dogs and cats to escape a life of abandonment, cruelty and neglect each year. Our Vision is a society where animals are treated and cared for with respect. Our mission is helping animals gain a better quality of life by delivering a range of community based animal care, education and welfare projects. We take in and care for unwanted and abused animals and re-home them with responsible and caring owners. Prevent unwanted animals through neutering initiatives and community animal care projects. Promote respect and compassion for animals through hands-on work, campaigns and education programmes.



We began in 1987 with one man’s dream to offer the highest standard of veterinary care – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Thirty years have passed and now, with over 220 practices and more than 600 vets, we’ve grown to share the Medivet values of everyday exceptional care and trust.  Our mission is a very simple one: to treat our clients and their pets like members of our family and become the nation’s favourite vet!

Oyster Worldwide

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Oyster Worldwide is a gap year and responsible travel specialist organising worthwhile and exciting volunteering or paid work projects in one of 18 destinations, lasting between 1 and 52 weeks. Whether you are interested in animal welfare, working with children, medical or veterinary internships, becoming a ski instructor or working abroad Oyster is sure to have something to suit you. If you are considering a gap year or just want to find out more come by and chat with us about the different programmes we offer and the benefits of a gap year.

Royal Veterinary College 

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Founded in 1791, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London is one of the world’s leading veterinary and biological science institutions, renowned for pioneering approaches to teaching, research and cutting edge clinical provision. Based in central London (Camden) and Hertfordshire (575-acre site), its two campuses offer a friendly and supportive environment with state-of-the-art facilities for its 1,700 students.

Shepreth Wildlife Park

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Shepreth Wildlife Park offers volunteer placements to students looking to gain experience in a wildlife park setting.  Home to a wide species of animals, many part of breeding programmes, students can experience a working environment and learn from the experienced keeping staff.



Wood Green The Animals Charity


Wood Greens mission is to take in unwanted and lost animals, provide shelter and care, find secure and loving homes, provide advice, support and guidance for pet owners and increase the public’s awareness of its responsibility towards animals in society.




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We are an awarding organisation, recognised by Ofqual (England) and CCEA (Northern Ireland). Our aim is to be the leading awarding organisation within the veterinary and animal care sector. The majority of our qualifications are designed especially for the veterinary care sector, providing for veterinary related occupations such as veterinary nurses, care assistants, receptionists and practice managers. In 2016, we were authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) as a regulatory body to maintain a register for Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs).

African Conservation Experience

African Conservation

At African Conservation Experience, we give people with a passion for wildlife the chance to volunteer with animals in Africa. We are driven by the desire to support and enable worthwhile wildlife conservation work and create worldwide ambassadors for conservation. To accomplish this mission, we provide each traveller with a vital role to play in the story of wildlife conservation. Whether you’re learning to track elephants across the wilderness, giving an orphaned rhino calf her afternoon feed, or racing into the bush to help a wounded giraffe – as a conservation volunteer in Africa you’ll get hands-on in the fight to save the continent’s enchanting wildlife.



Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. We’re actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish. There are 40,000+ invertebrate species in the UK, many of these are under threat as never before. Today, thousands of invertebrate species are with many heading towards extinction. Worldwide 150,000 species could be gone by 2050 if we do nothing. Invertebrates are vitally important to a healthy planet, they underpin life on earth and without them the world’s ecosystems would collapse. We work to conserve these animals.

Cambridgeshire Police Dog Unit

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Dog handlers from the collaborated BCH dog section will be in attendance to provide information on their roles, the skill sets of their dogs and how they work within the police and the communities that they serve.  The Handlers will happily answer any questions that you may have on their career path and of course about their dogs.

1st Military Working Dogs

1st Military Working Dogs


British Army Dog Handlers are a vital part of our military operations, supporting our soldiers and protecting them from harm. Now 1st Military Working Dog Regiment is looking for talented reservists to work with our highly intelligent dogs, at home and abroad. You don’t need lots of qualifications to join us. As an Army Dog Handler, you can make a difference, to yourself, to us, and to them. We will give you knowledge, opportunities and experience that you won’t get anywhere else, and if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get financial incentives and paid as you do it. 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, Recruitment Team – 01780 727877

Riseholme College  

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Working with animals brings many challenges and animals can certainly be unpredictable. We have to observe the behaviour of animals to give us an indication of their good health, which is easy if you are looking after small animals, but difficult if you are working in a zoo. The basic rules of first aid are very important, at the very least, your quick action can reduce pain and stop a condition becoming worse, at very best it will save a life.
You will be taught basic first aid techniques, including how to resuscitate a dog and how to apply a simple bandage.

Dogs Trust – Dogs School East Anglia 

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Dog School East Anglia is part of a nationwide network of dog training schools launched by welfare charity Dogs Trust to proactively work towards reducing the number of dogs finding themselves in rehoming centres due to, often preventable, behaviour problems. Through running training classes and talks our aim is to bring welfare science to dog owners in a fun and accessible way. To help us do this, we are always looking for passionate reliable 18yr+ volunteers who would enjoy the opportunity of gaining valuable experience and up-to-date ongoing training. Come and talk to us about career and volunteering opportunities.

Careers talks will take place during the day.
Download a Talk Timetable

What people thought of CWAD 2017

The 2017 event at Huntingdon attracted 500 visitors, all coming together with a shared passion for animals and an eagerness to make them part of their working life.

“Great opportunity to find out information, plenty of people to talk to and very well organised. Good range of organisations represented. Thank you for what could be a life-changing experience.”

“Fantastic talks with a range of information and expert advice on all aspects of vet nursing as a career and entry options available. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the day and I found out a lot of useful information”