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Animal facilities

Over 70 species on site

Animal Collection


At Hartpury, our students have access to a variety of domestic and non-domestic species on-site. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

We have several different animal homes on campus which students can access: 

  • The Animal Management Centre works as a purpose-built teaching space for our Animal Management and Science students, as well as a vivarium with a wide range of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. It also has a fully stocked aquatics room with a diverse assortment of tropical and coldwater fish, including piranha
  • Our Walled Animal Garden is home to rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets. meerkats, prairie dogs, and our giant Sulcata, Millie. It also features a teaching space and four fantastic aviaries
  • Our orchard paddocks are home to wallabies, llamas, emus and rare bagot goats

Students also have access to the domestic species on our commercial farm and horses in our world-class equine facilities, including our Equine Therapy Centre.

Animal Science Laboratories


Our Animal Science laboratories and Veterinary Nursing Centre have specialist equipment for teaching and research and are the hub for our students to learn more about anatomy and physiology, including dissections. The facilities in our labs include a thermal imager, new magnifiers and binocular and trinocular microscopes, dietcheck software, a veterinary haematology analyser, and microplate reader.

Cotswold Dog Spa Swimming

Cotswold Dog Spa

Cotswold Dog Spa is a professional small animal rehabilitation centre based on campus. The spa provides students with opportunities for work experience and helps bring their learning to life. They get to see how the spa works and come in contact with dogs undergoing rehabilitation, as well as experiencing a working business on site.

Owned and run by a Hartpury graduate, many of the current staff also studied at Hartpury. Cotswold Dog Spa offers outpatient hydrotherapy and physiotherapy and qualified veterinary physiotherapists and hydrotherapists work as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team, including first opinion vets, referral vets, other rehabilitation specialists and the owner.