UCAS code:
D322

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies.

Gain experience in our canine and equine animal therapy centres. Develop essential business skills and work with a range of animals on site. You’ll also undertake scientific research in an area you’re passionate about.

As part of the degree you’ll gain essential experience in our Canine Hydrotherapy Centre and Equine Therapy Centre. Alongside developing valuable therapeutic knowledge, you’ll experience multi-disciplinary teams -  including veterinary professionals, hydrotherapists and nutritionists - working towards the optimal health or performance of an animal. You’ll gain insights into different career options as well valuable knowledge and experience, ready for employment.

Your first year will introduce you to fundamental areas of animal therapy including working with both the animal and human. You’ll study animal anatomy and physiology, with particular emphasis on the muscoskeletal system, animal genetics, health, disease and nutrition. On the human side, you’ll develop your expertise in effective scientific communication, both oral and written, as well as working with colleagues and animal owners in a therapy-type setting.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in industry as part of your degree, study business management subjects and undertake research to uncover new knowledge in an area you’re passionate about. Students across our animal degrees often co-publish with lecturers and present their research at industry conferences.

This course will equip you with a range of scientific animal therapy skills to prepare you for employment or further study. It will not qualify you to be an animal therapist or physiotherapist.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in commercial therapy centres, as well as through a sandwich year in industry. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guests in lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Recent activities have included clinical canine massage, physiotherapy assessments on canines, assessing and treating horses on the equine treadmill, as well as discussions about post-surgical management from veterinary professionals.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have an interest in animal therapy as part of veterinary medicine and want to study an applied degree whilst being exposed to industry practice

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Animal therapy
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal physiotherapy (postgraduate study)
  • Lab technician
  • Sales and education
  • Postgraduate research

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

A Level | Typical offer is CCC-BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational awards | Typical offer is a MMM-DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University Centre?

We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.

You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.

Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.