Saturday 13 October 2018 @ Leeds (West Workshire)


The College of Animal Welfare / Campus Vets and Pets
Topcliffe Close, Capitol Park, Tingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire WF3 1DR



‘Careers with Animals Day’ is a fantastic, fun and free event organised by The College of Animal Welfare.

If you want to work with animals and are looking to find out how you can make it happen, this really is an event not to be missed! With a mixture of both local and national exhibitors, you will leave with plenty of ideas and inspiration; what you then do with it is up to you!

What people thought of CWAD 2017

The 2017 event at Leeds attracted over 350 visitors, all coming together with a shared passion for animals and an eagerness to make them part of their working life.

“Really informative, lots of information on lots of different animal careers all under one roof.”

“Brilliant day – I have gained so much information.”

“We’ve left feeling excited and inspired!”

“It’s been a brilliant day. Helped me focus on how to get started with a career”

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!

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.


Northern Institute for Canine Professionals

The Northern Institute for Canine Professionals is run by Claire North and Jane Hanshaw who share over 30 years’ experience in their profession. Based in West Yorkshire, we are dedicated to providing workshops, seminars and CPD courses for individuals working with dogs in any capacity. Our courses are tailored for professionals at any stage in their career and are run by qualified and experienced instructors in their respective fields.

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We have a range of rewarding roles within our PDSA Pet Hospitals. You’ll be an essential and valued member of our team, whether you handle front-line enquires or provide lifesaving treatments.  We treat sick and injured pets! UK Leading Veterinary Charity. We’re also passionate about providing essential preventive treatments and educating pet owners about the five animal welfare needs.  We believe in developing our teams. You’ll be part of a highly experienced team within a large national network and get training to excel in your role. Our learning programmes include e-learning, courses and workshops. Plus, you can access career and professional development opportunities including our Future Leaders programme.


Nottingham Veterinary School

We provide a fresh approach to veterinary education with a progressive and dynamic environment, which delivers an outstanding student experience.  We offer three exciting and innovative degree courses, which are designed with clinical outcomes in mind and based upon excellence in teaching informed by scientific research.  We believe that our courses, which integrate clinical medicine and surgery with pathology and basic sciences, ensure that a University of Nottingham graduate gains the best possible foundations on which to build their future career.

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Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Jerry Green Dog Rescue was founded in 1961 and have had our doors open ever since to help find homes for unwanted or abandoned dogs. We exist to relieve the suffering of dogs who need care and attention by rescuing them, taking them in, treating them and caring for them, ensuring the best possible quality of life during their stay with us until we find them their new loving homes. We work with the local community to raise awareness about what makes a happy dog, sharing our knowledge through education about dog welfare and informing people about what we can all do to prevent cruelty and suffering.  Jerry Green Dog Rescue does not receive any government or lottery funding and relies solely on donations from the public.


Torrington Orthopaedics

Torrington Orthopaedics offers an Orthopaedic Referral Service from our purpose built Hospital in West Yorkshire. Our mission is to bring compassionate and cutting edge Orthopaedic management for those pets whose quality of life would otherwise be affected by musculoskeletal disease. Our facilities and surgeons are here to help your pet or patient.


Pets at Home and The Groom Room

Pets at Home & The Groom Room have been voted in the top 10 in the Great Place To Work (Best Large Workplaces) awards 2017 for the second consecutive year, and Number 15 in Europe in 2017! We have over 430 stores and over 280 Groom Rooms and are the UK’s number one pet care retailer. With various roles available across the business from Retail Management through to Dog Grooming, we offer competitive salaries, a huge range of great benefits and amazing training courses, making Pets at Home a great place to begin and develop your career with animals.

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The Reiki Experience and Friends of Baxter

Holistic and natural complementary therapies are gaining increasing interest and support with many animals actively welcoming and appreciating them. They may offer benefits of a physical, mental and emotional (hence behavioural) nature and support traditional veterinary care. The Reiki Experience and Friends Of Baxter work together to provide a holistic complementary therapy service for animals, offering therapy treatments and also training courses. Anyone who works with animals may benefit from learning Reiki in particular as it promotes a sense of relaxation.  Come along to our stand to find out more or bring your pet for a free trial session.

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RSPCA – Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch provides a safe haven in which abused, neglected, and abandoned animals can be cared for, socialised and rehabilitated before they are found a new home. The branch can provide accommodation for 15 dogs, 30 cats and 8 rabbits at any one time. We are a separate charity to the national RSPCA and are completely self-funding therefore we rely heavily on our fundraising activities/charity shop income to help us continue our community and welfare work we do.



VetSkill are an awarding organisation, recognised by Ofqual and CCEA. Our aim is to be the leading awarding organisation within the veterinary and animal care sector. The majority of our qualifications will be designed especially for the veterinary care sector, providing for veterinary related occupations such as veterinary nurses, care assistants, receptionists and practice managers. We will also offer a range of qualifications, such as dog grooming, business administration and information, advice and guidance which will service a wider animal welfare related clientele as well as others. Last year VetSkill were authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) as a regulatory body to maintain a register for Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs).

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Paddlin Paws

Paddlin Paws is a purpose built, safe and hygienic, dog hydrotherapy pool based in Pontefract. We are here to help dogs recover from injuries, get fit and most of all to have loads of fun! Whether it’s a fun swim for your dog or a hydrotherapy session with our trained Canine Hydrotherapist – Paddlin Paws is a great experience for both Owner and pet!

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Cats Protection

From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 adoption centres. Our work doesn’t stop there, however: we also provide an array of cat care information via our publications, website and Helpline; promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow and seek to educate people of all ages about cats and their care.

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Abbey House Veterinary Hospital

Abbey House is a large local employer seeing first opinion work, a variety of referrals (Vets with additional specialist qualifications). As Leeds Emergency Vets with a dedicated team of night Vets/Nurses and ACAs we also provide out of hours cover for many practices in the Leeds area.  We are a Veterinary Nurse Training Practice with at least 7 in training / College at any one time. Many of our Animal Care Assistants join the student nurse program.  We offer opportunities for not only general and specialist Vets, general and specialist Nurses and ACAs but have dedicated teams of staff in administration, insurance claims, reception, dispensing, laboratory work, cleaning and animal ambulance/ driving.

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Blue Cross Thirsk

Pets change lives, we change theirs.  How you can help – career and volunteering opportunities available within the charity.  Rehoming, Education, Veterinary and Behaviour.

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Wakefield College

Wakefield College offers animal care programmes at level 1 and 2 as well as animal care apprenticeship programmes at level 2 and 3 all delivered by a small experienced team. We have a small animal unit with a range of small mammals and exotic animals. It is the responsibility of the animal care students to contribute to the care and welfare of these animals. We offer varied programmes and, uniquely to the local area, include units on British Wildlife and care of zoo animals providing a diverse introduction to many aspects of animal care in order for our students to be better informed when they are ready to progress. The technical certificate has been introduced in September 2017 a new course which has been developed with employers and incorporates more employer engagement and synoptic testing.

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African Conservation Experience

African Conservation Experience (ACE) organise wildlife experiences at conservation projects in southern Africa for volunteers from all over the world. With over 18 years experience ACE is an established specialist in conservation travel; offering animal lovers the opportunity to visit southern Africa and help with handson conservation work, giving direct support to partner projects. Experience life with a wildlife veterinarian or a wildlife researcher, get involved in the rewarding experience of caring for injured wildlife or learn skills from an experienced game ranger! ACE has a strong ethos in supporting valid wildlife conservation work, as well as inspiring future conservationists through direct involvement in Africa.

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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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Yorkshire Cat Rescue

Yorkshire Cat Rescue is a non-profit organisation dedicated to make unwanted cats wanted.  It works toward reducing the feline overpopulation and we take pride in working to get homeless cats and kittens safe and happy homes.  We have a no-kill policy, if a cat in our care is not “adoptable” due to (mainly) health reasons, we will keep that cat in foster care for the rest of its life. We only euthanize cats if there is no quality of life and only when advised by a vet.

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Bishop Burton College

Bishop Burton College, based in East Yorkshire, is one of the finest land-based colleges in the country, offering further education, degree programmes and apprenticeships across a range of subject areas. As the only college to be a Centre of Vocational Excellence in agriculture and equine, the college specialises in vocational training, using its state-of-the-art campus and facilities to provide practical hands-on training across subjects including animal management, equine, agriculture, engineering, sport and much more.

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Askham Bryan College

Specialist Land-based college offering courses from Entry level to level 6 (BSc).  Unique opportunities for students are afforded by the licensed zoo (wildlife park) on the premises which include project work, interactions with customers and other industry realistic experiences.  Wide range of animals on site including mammals, aquatics, paddock stock, avian and invertebrates.  Courses including Animal, Equine, Agriculture, Sport and Engineering available at York site.

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The Wildlife Haven

The Wildlife Haven is a small, family run, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Our aim is to rescue sick, injured & orphaned wildlife with the intention of returning the animals back to the wild. We take in all species of British wild animals, everything from Bats and Badgers to Owls and Otters.  We operate a 24 hour service including a telephone helpline. Every year we receive over 2500 calls from the general public, veterinary practices, RSPCA officers and other animal rescue organisations seeking advice.

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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. It strongly believes that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. To this end, the College strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT)

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) is a Clinical Interest Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance.