Turn your passion for animals into your career, developing your expertise in animal behaviour and welfare during the Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Hons) degree from Hartpury College. Learn with 90 species on site, working with domestic and exotic animals, and assessing animal welfare in different contexts. Experience fieldwork in South Africa.
Benefit from a 360-hectare campus that’s home to a diverse range of animals. You’ll have fantastic opportunities to develop your expertise to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Teaching is supported by our on-site animal collection, including meerkats, rabbits, goats and wallabies, our dairy farm and equine yard.
An optional field trip to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve will give you the opportunity to study wildlife and conservation on the South African plains; this will give you valuable insights into international conservation careers.
Across all years of this degree, you’ll develop industry-standard practical skills to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train animals and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Through exposure to the latest research you’ll be at the forefront of emerging scientific knowledge. You’ll also use your experiences to inspire your own research question, which you can explore further in a significant project in your final year.
You could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have published their research with our lecturers. They’ve also presented research at national and international conferences run by organisations such as ASAB (The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour), BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare).
The optional sandwich year, between the second and final year, takes you into industry to prepare for entering your dream career. Your work placement can be at any animal-based organisation, either in the UK or overseas.
Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres offer opportunities for students to gain industry experience ready for their careers. Alongside this, we’ll encourage you to find a voluntary role with a local organisation such as an animal rescue shelter, wildlife rehabilitation centre or a zoo. Our students work with organisations such as the Blue Cross and West Midlands Safari Park. Field trips to places such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bristol Aquarium and Guide Dogs for the Blind will strengthen your learning. Guest lecturers will give you valuable industry insights; recent visitors have included Fire Investigation dog handlers and zoo keepers.
As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:
- Instructor, Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Animal Welfare Assistant, Blue Cross
- Editorial Assistant, BSAVA
- Zoo Keeper, Bristol Zoo
- Communications and Education Executive, Bristol Aquarium
- Postgraduate study – MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare, MRes Anthrozoology
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Genetics
- Animal Health and Disease
- Introduction to Animal Welfare
- Systems Biology
- 36 months
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DisciplinesBiology Animal Sciences View 203 other Bachelors in Animal Sciences in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science.
- A-level - Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels preferably in a Biological Science.
- Vocational award - Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
- We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.
- We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.
International13000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13000 GBP per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
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