Three years full-time (Part-time options available)
The Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree programme will provide you with detailed knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and welfare. You will develop the practical abilities to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train animals and manage domestic, exotic and wild animals. You will also gain the knowledge and intellectual skills needed to understand current scientific thinking and develop new ideas in the fields of animal behaviour and animal welfare science. This will open up multiple career opportunities in the animal behaviour and welfare industries.
Hartpury’s on site facilities, such as Home Farm, the Equine Centre, the Animal Science Laboratories and the Animal Collection, help support teaching, whilst visits to external organisations (such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Guide Dogs Training Facility, Bristol Aquarium and Sequani) help you appreciate how theory learned in lectures is applied in commercial and charitable organisations.
There are two optional extended field trips available as part of the programme. A field course module to South Africa runs in the second year of the programme. This will give you an opportunity to explore African ecology and ethology. Activities include animal tracking, day and night game drives, a visit to a Pillansberg National Park and individual student projects.
In the third year of the course there is a residential trip to a UK Zoo that is part of the Wildlife and Zoo Management module. This trip enables you to evaluate the environmental and behavioural needs of a range of non-domestic animal species and provides the opportunity to investigate the necessary criteria for the reintroduction of animals into the wild.
The programme’s curriculum is underpinned by research and we also support students in publishing and presenting their dissertation research at academic conferences. Our graduates have published their work in academic journals such as Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.
The programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager.
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