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University Centre Reaseheath

Animal Science

Why study Animal Science at UCR?

We share this world with an incredible diversity of animal species – and now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to understand and care for them. If you find animals fascinating and want a purposeful and rewarding career, our Animal Science degrees are for you.  

Practical experience and theoretical knowledge go hand in hand to provide animals with the best possible care. At UCR, you’ll build an in-depth knowledge of zoology, and uncover some remarkable insights that will enable you to enhance animal health and welfare. 

COURSE PAGE - ABW (Animal Management)

Industry Focused

As an animal science undergraduate, you’ll gain hands-on experience in our unique industry-standard facilities which include our £2.4 million Animal Management Centre. 

We have held a zoo licence for over fifteen years and are a full member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Our zoo is home to over 250 different animal species, and has dedicated rooms for aquatic, exotic and companion animals, plus a wide range of outdoor exhibits and aviaries.   

We also have a canine arena for dog training, a fully equipped grooming parlour, a veterinary nursing centre and newly-refurbished laboratories.  

Industry specialists will help put your learning into context, with previous guests including Dr Nick Davis, Deputy Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo, influential conservationist Ian Redmond OBE and wildlife advocate Dominic Dyer from the Born Free Foundation. 

From researching animal behaviour and nutrition, to educating future generations or working hands-on with animals, an Animal Sciences degree is your doorway to an exciting and fast-moving field, with ever-expanding knowledge and new challenges to apply your passion and purpose. 

Career Ready

Our lecturers are experts in their field and are eager to share and support you with their knowledge and experience. As you develop your practical portfolio, you will further your understanding of welfare, animal health and the skills sought after by the animal care profession.

Our excellent industry links will ensure you’re well-prepared for your future career, whichever path you choose.  

Smaller class sizes ensure you are treated as an individual – tailoring your experience to allow you to research the areas you are interested in, while gaining the essential proficiency you need for your career.

An Introduction to Animal Science at UCR

Find out more about our courses and facilities and meet some of our Animal Science staff.

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Animal Science Courses

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing

4 Years

Full-Time

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-Based Studies)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

Foundation Degree Zoo Management

2 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)

2 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up)

1 Year

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare (Including Foundation Year)

4 Years

Full-Time

Animal Science

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

3 Years

Full-Time