This the Human Animal Interaction (Hons) course from Hartpury College is the first of its kind in the UK. Central to it is the examination of the role that animals have in enriching human lives – as pets, in zoos, farms and conservation contexts. You’ll study how humans influence the environments that animals live in and how education can promote animal welfare and conservation. Learning is brought to life with real-life case studies, industry placements and during student-animal interventions on site.
You’ll examine the benefits of human-animal interaction across the human lifespan, from the use of animals as resources (such as in agriculture and the military) to helping children to read and improving the wellbeing of people with physical illness. In your first year you’ll explore human psychology and how it relates to the human-animal bond. You’ll also develop strong foundations for further learning in animal biology, animal handling, health and disease, and behaviour and welfare.
In your second and final years you’ll be able to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals. You could study animal-assisted therapy or animals and psychological health in humans. You could also further understand the fascinating area of animal conservation, welfare and ethics, which will prepare you for a career in this sector.
Gaining experience in industry is a core part of the degree, to ensure you're ready for employment when you graduate. You'll benefit from opportunities on-campus in our commercial animal therapy centres as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally.
You'll also have the option to undertake a sandwich placement year in industry. Many of our students gain their graduate roles with the organisations they completed their work placements with.
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:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Part-time study options available.
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