National Zoo Academy launched
Sparsholt College has launched The National Zoo Academy.
Andy Beer, Director of Zoo Management Studies, said: “I am delighted we are launching The National Zoo Academy, centred as it is around the continuing professional development for zookeepers, a unique offer which we have developed and delivered for the zoo community through collaboration with Marwell Zoological Park and Blackpool Zoo since 1998.
“Adding to our pre-eminence in zookeeper training we will now be the only organisation able to offer certified, City & Guilds training for Zoo Licensing for inspectors and local government officers. Our Award in Zoo Licensing Inspection, Great Britain has been approved by the Zoo Expert Committee of Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs). This is recognition that our qualifications are the gold standard for animal care and zookeeper professional development and a fantastic accolade.”
Tim Jackson, the college’s Principal, said: “Thanks to the immense support Sparsholt College has received from the professional zoo community, The National Zoo Academy at Sparsholt really is the go-to destination for aspiring zookeepers of all ages, nationalities and levels!”
Douglas Richardson, Head of Living Collections, Highland Wildlife Park said: “The establishment of the National Zoo Academy is the next evolutionary step in educating tomorrow’s zoo professionals and Sparsholt is uniquely placed to drive this important national initiative.”