Are you passionate about wildlife conservation or the health and welfare of domestic, exotic, farm or zoo animals? Gain the knowledge you need to make a difference with our animal science courses.
The animal sciences industry can offer you many diverse and rewarding careers as a skilled graduate. From researching animal behaviour and nutrition, to working hands-on with animals or educating future generations, we can give you the skills to achieve your career goals.
You will gain in-depth understanding of the wider animal world and biological science through a unique combination of theory, applied work and relevant experience with our many industry partners.
This carefully blended approach ensures that you establish your professional skills while encouraging the development of specialist pathways.
You will be taught by our team of subject specialist experts, with many having completed PhD level research in their own specialisms. Outside of the classroom, you’ll gain hands-on experience working in our industry-leading facilities such as our £2.4million Animal Management Centre and fully-licensed zoo, dedicated canine facilities and commercial farm.
You can also broaden your horizons with exciting domestic and international field courses to locations such as South Africa, Central America and the Netherlands.
We have over 400 animal science undergraduates and our degree programmes are some of the best in the country.
Last year 100% of our Wildlife Conservation and Ecology students were satisfied with their course
Source: National Student Survey 2018
The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. It has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and a huge number of volunteers
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (including Foundation Year)
- BSc (Hons) Canine Clinical Behaviour (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
- BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (including Foundation Year)
- BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)
- BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
- Foundation Degree Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
- Foundation Degree Zoo Management
- Foundation Degree Canine Behaviour and Training
Industry focused, career ready…
You’ll have the opportunity to join optional domestic and international field courses to reinforce your knowledge and skills. Our popular field courses target key employability skills whilst exploring complex issues relating to conservation and cultural factors through tours, visits, seminars and lectures. These field courses can be studied for academic credit and are great fun!
You can join optional courses and workshops, such as the marine mammal medic course led by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation and a week-long wildlife film-making course with Wildeye International School of Film-making.
You’ll also benefit from guest speaker presentations who in the past have included Dr Nick Davis, Deputy Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo, influential conservationist Ian Redmond OBE and British wildlife advocate Dominic Dyer from the Born Free Foundation.
Our annual Animal Welfare Conference attracts many industry experts in the fields of animal training and enrichment. Past key speakers have included Chester Zoo, Countryside Alliance and Covance Laboratories.
Where could your degree take you?
As an animal science graduate, you will have access to a variety of careers both at home or overseas and many of our former students have gone on to become industry leaders.
You may choose a species or a group of animals as your specialism or seek employment in the welfare or animal management sector, while the field of ecology can provide opportunities in environmental consultancy, wildlife monitoring and research.
Here are just some of the careers available in this sector:
- Animal behaviourist
- Animal welfare
- Behavioural research
- Conservation ranger
- Dog trainer
- Ecological consultant
- Research assistant
- Teaching and lecturing
- Zoo keeper
- Postgraduate science degree
Where will you be studying?
Our world-class facilities are set amongst 330-hectares of farm, park and woodland and the campus has been carefully designed with conservation in mind, supporting student research opportunities by maintaining and creating wildlife habitats.
Inside of our specialist Animal Management Centre you will have access to a BIAZA accredited licensed zoo facility, home to over 250 different animal species. Your studies will take place in our dedicated aquatics, exotics and mammal rooms and newly-refurbished laboratories.
Other facilities include our commercial farm and provisions for our canine programmes such as kennelling facilities, commercial standard grooming parlours, dedicated training areas and a full set of competition quality dog agility equipment.
Your University Centre Reaseheath Experience
Develop your academic, professional and social skills while creating pathways for potential career and volunteering opportunities with our range of field courses, workshops and conferences and put your research into context by listening to a range of visiting speakers.
Make the most of your Reaseheath Experience with the great social environment we offer. Our Student Association organises a varied programme of sporting and social activities for you to get involved in.
We have plenty of student societies and members can enjoy educational visits and lectures, the chance to work with communities on environmental projects and the opportunity to be part of fundraising events to benefit animal charities. From ornithology to photography, canines to conservation – there’s something to suit most interests.