The Reindeer Academy

The Reindeer Academy at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Our mission statement at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge is, “to advance and share the knowledge of the history and husbandry of Reindeer to the general public and to other Reindeer owners across the UK.”

With this in mind Stephen Swinnerton (widely know as the Reindeer Man) decided to form the ‘Reindeer Academy at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge.

Utilising his vast knowledge; gained over 30 years working with these magnificent animals, we run courses for other Reindeer owners to learn everything there is to know about caring for and maintaining a healthy and happy herd.

We offer different levels from Basic, Intermediate through to advanced.  We also offer courses tailored to specific requirements for individual companies, Zoos and even Vets!

Course content varies on the time of year as the Reindeer have specific requirements at certain times in the ‘Reindeer Year’. The courses have a theory and hands-on element, to give delegates first hand experience in working with and handling the Reindeer.