Saturday 24 March 2018 @ 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!

For the past few years, we have seen several hundred people come through the door; some travelling from as far as Bournemouth and Derbyshire!

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!

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”

Exhibitors (2017)

You can see a list of past exhibitors who attended the 2017 event below, many of which have indicated that they are keen to be part of the 2018 event!

Our Special Friends

Our Special Friends (OSF) helps individuals facing difficult times, perhaps through illness, relationship breakdown or bereavement, to continue to benefit from the companionship of animals and raises awareness of the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Founded by Higham-based vet Belinda Johnston, OSF supports the vital relationships between vulnerable individuals and their animals, working alongside human and animal health practitioners and social care as needed.  Its volunteers provide a range of services to individuals in need of support, such as dog walking.  They also visit individuals unable to keep an animal with their own dogs, help with the introduction of a new pet and give support around pet bereavement.



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Royal Veterinary College, University of London

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.

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Medivet the Vets is a large veterinary partnership containing 132 practices in the UK, all owned and run by veterinary surgeons. Over 1,000 people help to form the Medivet family; our staff are our most valued asset. Our practices promote dedication, enthusiasm and working to high standards, and we are proud that they offer a friendly, enjoyable and supportive environment in which to work in.



VetSkill is an Ofqual and CCEA approved awarding organisation specialising in qualifications for the veterinary and animal welfare sectors, and we have ambitious plans! Visit our stand to find out more about our current qualifications and future qualifications for the profession.

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Shepreth Wildlife Park

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.

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Oyster Worldwide

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.

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The British Racing School

The British Racing School provides a range of training for the Horseracing Industry. We run a Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship in Racehorse care with FREE training and a guaranteed job upon completion of the pre-apprenticeship training. During the training students are taught to ride racehorses, look after them, improve their fitness as well as gaining life skills through cookery lessons, personal finance and diet and nutrition. The apprenticeship is available to anyone in the EU, aged 16-22, and no previous ridden experience is required. More info on our website. 

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Lion Learners

Lion Learners offer educational talks in schools, nurseries and other events with the aid of exotic and familiar animas from around the world. We operate as a franchise so each of our presenters runs their own business. Come and meet the fantastic animals we work with and talk to one of our talented presenters.

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Cromwell Veterinary Group

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.

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British Horse Society

The British Horse Society is the world’s leading equestrian education provider, supporting equestrian enthusiasts into a wide variety of fulfilling careers from equine welfare officers to yard managers, from professional riders and grooms to accredited professional coaches. The BHS works in partnership with organisations across the equestrian industry to ensure we can support enthusiastic and dedicated individuals into an equestrian career, and provide relevant, industry led qualifications to ensure you have the skills and knowledge required to lead a fulfilling career with horses. Come and meet us to discover the breadth of careers in equestrianism and opportunities within the British Horse Society.

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Riseholme College

The premier land-based college in the UK’s most important agricultural county. Situated in the centre of Lincolnshire, just three miles north of Lincoln, Riseholme College specialises in agriculture, equine and animal management training and education. Our programmes, both full-time and work-based, have been developed to meet the demands of the rapidly changing rural economy. For further information on the College, visit

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Blue Cross

Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping sick, injured and abandoned pets for over 100 years. We opened the worlds first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless animals. Today we run 4 animal hospitals and 11 rehoming centres across the UK. We employ around 700 people in our rehoming centres, animal hospitals and shops, plus our head office in Oxfordshire.

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The Mayhew Animal Home

The Mayhew Animal Home is one of the most effective animal welfare organisations in London, helping thousands of dogs and cats in need each year.  We strive to tackle the companion animal welfare crisis by delivering a broad range of preventative and community-based animal care, education and welfare projects.  We have a team of Animal Welfare Officers who provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in difficulty, respond to animal welfare issues in the community, deliver a range of initiatives including a Trap, Neuter, Return programme for London’s feral cats, and collaborate with government and non-government agencies to address the challenges of irresponsible ownership. Our Community Veterinary Clinic is an approved training centre for Veterinary Nurses.

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The Donkey Sanctuary 

During the last 45 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has made a profound difference to the lives of donkeys and people all over the world. This is down to the drive and belief of our wonderful Founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE, our staff and volunteers, and of course our fantastic supporters and partners worldwide.  However, there is still much to do. By 2018 we want to be able to give a helping hand to two million donkeys each year in 40 countries, to double the number of donkeys in foster care to 3,000 and to expand our donkey assisted therapy programme in the United Kingdom and internationally. This strategy introduces these and many more of our ambitious new objectives, along with the charity’s exciting new vision and mission statements and the core values that we embody as we move towards achieving our goals.  We look forward to working together to make the world a better place for donkeys and mules and to improve the lives of those who rely on them or come into contact with them from all over the world.

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British Divers Marine Life Rescue

BDMLR is a registered charity operated almost entirely by volunteers. It has been rescuing seals, dolphins and whales since starting up in 1988 and is the only marine animal rescue oryanisation operating across England, Wales and Scotland. Rescue teams are on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Training is a one day course consisting of lectures in the morning and practical exercises in the afternoon. Medics are then ready to help on a call out in their area.

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The College of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd and IAAT

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.

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Vets4Pets and Companion Care

The Pets at Home Vet Group (incorporating the brands Vets4Pets and Companion Care) are here to talk to you about the variety of roles and opportunities within our group. Choosing or returning to a career with animals can be extremely rewarding and with our network of over 400 Veterinary practices across the UK, as well as Nurse Training Programme, Vet Graduate Development Programme and extensive CPD, we are here to support you every step of the way.  Please come and talk to us about how we may be able to support you in following your chosen career.

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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.


The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)

The aim of the British Veterinary Nursing Association is to promote animal health and welfare through the ongoing development of professional excellence in veterinary nursing.  We will be available on the day to chat with you about a potential career in Veterinary Nursing.