• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Animal Care course from University of Padova aims at providing knowledge, skills and competences to develop qualified human resources, specialised in animal care, husbandry and welfare, able to operate in international different contexts.


The Animal Care course from University of Padova targets Italian and foreign students interested in the field of animal care, in national and international contexts, offering a unique educational pathway in the Mediterranean area of Europe.

The specific learning objectives meet the requirements of professionals who can be then employed in companies, private and public organizations in which the management, health, welfare and the preservation of animals is conducted in accordance to a modern and international approach. 

The main purpose of the international undergraduate degree course in Animal Care is the achievement of knowledge, skills and competences in order to develop qualified human resources, specialized in animal care and welfare, in different sectors but mainly in relation to an individual view of the animal.

The programme is intended for people who aim at taking professional care of animals and protect their wellbeing. Please note that the student might deal with animals in poor welfare situations.

Multidisciplinary field experience, including visit to zoological parks, rehabilitation centres, research facilities, will be organized during the course of study to introduce students to the practical activity. Furthermore, the second semester of the third year will be dedicated to a compulsory practical training. Students will work at affiliated structures under the direct supervision of an expert in animal care.


The work opportunities vary depending on the area considered: from the care of wildlife in a controlled environment, for educational, research and preservation purposes, to that of coadjutor in support of veterinarians or expert in the monitoring and care of animals intended for recreational, research, educational, sports and assistance activities. In addition, the training received will allow graduates to connect and integrate the actions promoted by more specialized professionals (veterinarian, biologist, zoologist, etc.) who work in the field of animal care.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioethics and legislation
  • Applied chemistry and biochemistry
  • Applied mathematics and physics
  • Animal biology and genetics
  • Comparative animal anatomy
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Physiological basis of pain, suffering and distress and general ethology
  • Principles of Prevention and Control of Transmissible Animal Diseases

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • High school diploma or other equivalent title gained abroad

  • A test in English to evaluate candidate's general knowledge. The applicants must be in possession of an adequate initial preparation including a satisfactory familiarity with: Mathematics and Physics; Biology and general Chemistry; English language (B2 minimum level). 
  • Information about the types of evaluation, on evaluation dates and preparation advice is available in the Call for applications. In the event that the student is not in possession of a language certificate corresponding to B2 level, the language level will be evaluated through a placement test. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2712 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2712 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2712 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2712 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The total amount can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.

Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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