Kirklees College unveils £1.5million Reptile House at specialist Animal Care centre


On Saturday 22 June, Kirklees College opened the doors to its brand-new Reptile House at the college’s Taylor Hill Animal Centre in Huddersfield. The college has invested £1.5million in this specialist facility, which replaces the current reptile glasshouse and houses a range of modern training equipment, including an Aquatics Centre, Reptile House and workshop space.

The new state-of-the-art facility was opened by special celebrity guest Matt Jackson-Smith from Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet during a community fun day at the centre. The film crew also filmed segments for the show during Matt’s visit for the upcoming series of the popular TV show.

During the opening ceremony, Stephen Finney, Curriculum Area Manager for Animal Care and Land-Based studies said:

“We have welcomed thousands of students through the doors of Taylor Hill Animal Centre over the years and seen first-hand how our centre inspires young people to pursue a career in Animal Care. This new building will help the college to futureproof its offer in this essential vocation and be able to inspire the next generation and create opportunities for local young people to study Animal Care.”

Taylor Hill Animal Centre offers a broad range of animal care, animal management, agriculture and land-based courses for people of all ages. To find out more about courses at Taylor Hill Animal Centre and apply for a place starting in September 2024, visit our Animal Care page.

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