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Placements & Residentials

We have developed a range of placements & residentials tailored for various training and experience purposes. These programmes are endorsed by several accreditations and approvals with external organisations, highlighting the quality of our educational material and animal  welfare practices.



Veterinary AHEMS

An Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies (AHEMS) placement with The Reptile Academy Ltd shall deliver expert training and experience at our dedicated facility Dorset. Placements last 1 - 2  weeks. Placements include elements of the accredited course Introduction to Herpetology, Reptile & Amphibian Husbandry & Animal Welfare course and involve advanced training in all aspects of reptile and amphibian management.  We currently hold 8 student placement agreements with top UK veterinary colleges. 

Students from wider zoology, animal management and life science subjects are welcome to apply. 

All AHEMS/Pre-clinical EMS enquiries should be sent by email to Please use your institution email. 


DofE Residentials

We deliver a Reptile Ranger Residential suitable for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Residential section. This is a 5-day, 4-night residential running Monday - Friday in the heart of the New Forest, between our Education Centre and New Forest Lodge. The Reptile Academy is an Approved Activity Provider for DofE Gold Residentials, and this programme also facilitates non-DofE participants. All participants must be 16-24. 

We currently have limited availability for 2024 dates. Please contact us on or call 02380 394174 to enquire or book. 

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Schools & Colleges

Suitable for students in secondary and further education studying animal management related courses, a placement programme with The Reptile Academy will provide expert training ...


Kickstart & Traineeships

The Reptile Academy Ltd is enrolled on government employability schemes including Kickstart and Traineeships to enable valuable workplace training and development for young people aged 16 - 24.

The Kickstart scheme is now closed but we have welcomed 5 new members of our team, who we are very much looking forward to working with over the next 6 months and beyond.

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