Imagine the South African savannah as your lecture theatre!

If you have always wanted to work in conservation or explore animal behaviour and welfare, Hartpury University Centre can open the door to your dreams.

Our animal behaviour and welfare degree students have gone on to exciting careers and completed work experience placements all over the world, from the Seychelles and Kenya to Vietnam and New Zealand and across the UK, making the most of Hartpury’s extensive animal industry links.

Our dedicated teaching staff will be there to support you every step of the way in our close-knit community, while industry standard facilities and exceptional opportunities for work experience will bring your subject to life.

Plus our Honours degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare also offers the chance of a field trip of a lifetime to a wildlife reserve in South Africa and learn about their conservation efforts! You’ll explore African ecology with activities include animal tracking, day and night game drives, a visit to a Pillansberg National Park and the chance to gather data for your own dissertation and research projects.

Our courses

As a student on our Animal Behaviour and Welfare Honours or Foundation degree programmes, 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.

Alongside Hartpury’s on-site facilities, visits to external organisations like Cotswold Wildlife Park, the Guide Dogs Training Facility and Bristol Aquarium help you appreciate how theory learned in lectures is applied in commercial and charitable organisations.

As well as the optional extended field trip to South Africa, the Honours degree offers a residential trip to a UK Zoo that is part of the Wildlife and Zoo Management module.

And if you’re more interested in a career in veterinary science, animal nutrition or animal health, our Bioveterinary Science degree could set you on the perfect path.

Be the next chapter in our success story

Our Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduates have gone on to some amazing careers, including working in conservation projects all over the world, in zoo education and animal training and in animal charities throughout the UK and beyond, while others go on to work in veterinary medicine, in research laboratories and to teach.

Take for example, George Angell, who is working as a National Park Field Officer in New Zealand, Jenna Mayo – a dog handler and trainer for the British Army - and Laura Cox, who is a published author and researcher.

I get to work in the most amazing countryside. My ‘office’ changes daily and I see parts of the country some people will never see. You cannot ask for a better office than the great outdoors!



George Angell, Hartpury Graduate National Park Field Officer in New Zealand

Hartpury also offers animal degree courses in Applied Animal Science, including with a therapy option and Animal Management. And if you’re a more practical learner, our Foundation degrees can be a great option, with the opportunity to top-up to the Honours degree later.

New for September 2017, we have a Higher Education Diploma Professional Studies in Veterinary Nursing, alongside our Foundation and Honours degrees in Veterinary Nursing and Equine Veterinary Nursing.

To discover how you could be the next chapter in Hartpury’s success story, take a look at our courses, book on to an open day, download a prospectus or call  us on 01452 702345.

Apply for a university course online here