Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Bioveterinary Science



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Course Overview

This challenging and exciting degree offers a blend of modules relating to the study of animal health, management and the treatment of diseases in equine, companion, production, laboratory and wild species. You will also consider an animal’s nutrition and breeding and see how modern technologies are being applied to the field of animal health.

You will gain theoretical skills related to the study of animal health and disease, whilst gaining diverse experience of practical techniques and experience of handling a range of animal species. You will have access to an outstanding range of facilities, including; animal science laboratories, small animal collection, Home Farm with cows and sheep, large equestrian facilities and arena, and Equine Therapy Centre.

The degree aims to equip you with the necessary skills needed to succeed in various fields associated with veterinary science, animal nutrition, animal health, breeding technologies, animal care and within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. You will also be able to confidently progress onto postgraduate study, Veterinary Medicine and research within the veterinary and animal science fields.

This animal health programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

24 Points


Yes - must include a biology/biological science subject


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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Animal Genetics
    • Animal Health and Disease
    • Animal Nutrition
    • Introduction to Animal Welfare
    • Introduction to Animal Beahviour
    • Animal Reproductive Physiology
    • Animal Therapy 1
    • Animal Microbiology
    • Applied Animal Health & Disease
    • Research Process
    • Management of Domestic Animals
    • Independent report
    • Pharmacology
    • Infectious Animal Disease and Control
    • Epidemiology
    • Advanced Animal Microbiology
    • Developments in animal Science
    • Dissertation
    • Animal Therapy 2

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Graduate Profile: Martha Milliner, Laboratory Technician for Rowe Veterinary Group

What I do
The Rowe Veterinary Group has four veterinary practices and as the laboratory technician I work across all of them. I run all the different samples from biochemistry, haematology, urine and cytology profiles. I’ve always been interested in the research side of veterinary medicine and what goes on in a laboratory. That’s why I really wanted to do bioveterinary sciences, as it combined chemistry and the practical side of working and researching in a real animal practice. I enjoy being in the laboratory, but I also get to spend time in the hospital. They’ve recently redeveloped the equine hospital, so I can go and monitor horses and take bloods. Because I work in a smaller laboratory, you get contact with the animals. They are nearby and if you need to examine them in kennels to piece together what’s going wrong you can.

Why I Chose Hartpury

I liked the fact that it’s not an inner-city campus. I’ve always liked the countryside and I’m a horsey person so it was nice to be part of that as well. I really enjoyed the course when I got there. It was interesting to be given an animal disease to go and research and work your way through all the stages – from diagnosis to treatment and prognosis. My dissertation was microbiology based – so very relevant for my job. Recently I was looking at reptile blood and I was thinking oh my gosh I’ve never seen reptile blood. But once I had a flick back through all the text books I used at uni, things soon came back.

Advice for people who want to work in the Industry

I think just get out there and do a bit of everything. I’ve done lots of jobs from about the age of 14, like working at the boarding kennels and cattery. Get all the extras you can on your CV. I did some of my British Horse Society (BHS) training as well. It shows that you can multi-task - which really is essential.



course blog post

Animal and Land
02 Dec 2016

Good moos – an unusual arrival adds a splash of colour to Hartpury’s dairy herd

Meet Ruby Tuesday, the rare red and white calf who is breaking up the monochrome pattern of the Holstein-Friesian herd at Hartpury’s Home Farm.

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Career Opportunities

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Laboratory Technician

Pharmaceutical sales

Animal Health Officer


Graduate Profile: Vicky Purves - Canine Hydrotherapist


What I do?

I’m one of two Canine Hydrotherapists at the Cotswold Dog Spa, which is a leading provider of canine hydrotherapy in the South West. My role involves caring for outpatient dogs and preparing them prior to their sessions as well as undertaking hydrotherapy sessions both in the pool and on the water treadmill. I started working here after completing my degree at Hartpury during which time I did some work experience at the spa.

Tell us about your work experience with Cotswold Dog Spa

I started working here at the beginning of my third year, from September 2014. Work experience here offered the best of both worlds as you get a lot of contact with the animals as well as exposure to different injuries. I love how hands-on the role is and that no two days are the same. We get to experience such a variety of injuries and it’s great to see the dogs recovering during the time you spend with them.

Advice for future students?

If you think that animal hydrotherapy is a route you might want to go down for your career then I would say definitely come and see if you can get involved helping out at the dog spa, especially given that it’s based on-site at Hartpury. There’s always something to do here and it’s a great opportunity to develop a better understanding of injuries and musculoskeletal issues. You’ll definitely learn a lot and have a good time doing it.

What are your career plans?

I’m currently working towards becoming a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist, but in the meantime I’m enjoying my work here at the dog spa and it’s a great opportunity for me to add canine therapy to my skillset moving forward. 



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