Housing over 150 animals and more than 40 species on an idyllic 200-hectare woodland estate, there’s no better environment for the study of small and larger animals than the animal unit at our Brackenhurst Campus. It’s designed to facilitate a range of courses and to give you the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to secure a job in the industry.

The Animals

You’ll get the opportunity to study a diverse range of companion animals, reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals at Brackenhurst, as well as larger animals including donkeys, horses and goats.


You’ll find a variety of equipment available at the Animal Unit to support your research project.

  • A thermal camera Digital camcorders with specialist software
  • Time lapse camera
  • Mammal traps
  • Digital video recording facilities in some animal rooms


Why not broaden your horizons and give something back by taking part in our animal unit’s successful volunteer programme?
The programme is an extra-curricular opportunity open to all students at Nottingham Trent University.

You’ll get the chance to work closely with our qualified and skilled team of technicians on a variety of tasks such as maintenance, health checks, medical administration and behaviour management such as enrichment and training.
Previous sessions have included taking the goats on harnesses around the estate, foraging walks, positive reinforcement training, and even making ice lollies for the animals and taking the rats swimming.

Sessions take place every day in term time. You can sign up in the Animal Unit corridor for any you wish to take part in.
These sessions are recognised and verified by the HEAR report to support your CV and boost your employability.


All our animal unit staff are trained to a high standard with degrees ranging from Zoology to Animal Technologist qualifications to help enhance the learning experience of Animal Unit users.

Tropical amphibian species
Animal handling