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Animal Care, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
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

  • More details: Should there be any available places after this selection, a new admission notice will be published in May.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • High school diploma or other equivalent title gained abroad
  • SAT score report with a score greater or equal to 1500 (50%) for the score scale up to 2400 or a score greater or equal to 1000 (50%) for the score scale up to 1600 (newly revised SAT); this certification is required by 28 February and mandatory only for EU citizens and non-EU citizens legally residing in Italy. 
  • Non-EU citizens not residing in Italy may opt for a Skype interview with the assessment commission, if they haven’t taken the SAT test. However, priority will be given to candidates with a SAT test score.
  • English language: B2 minimum level
    • Tuition Fee

      • International

        2600 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
      • EU/EEA

        2600 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2600 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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