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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science (with Foundation Year)

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.

Study bioveterinary science in dedicated labs and work with a range of animals. Progress into degree-level study through a Foundation year. Gain professional experience on campus.

This degree is ideal for those who want to pursue a range of specialist scientific areas that focus on the processes underpinning disease. You’ll apply theory to practice in our dissection and microbiology laboratories, as well as working with our diverse range of animal species on campus. Your first year will provide the foundation you need to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.

There are three core streams running throughout: animal health and disease; microbiology; and animal therapy. Animal health and disease focuses on the science underpinning animal health. As part of each stream, you’ll be able to examine the cause, transmission, diagnosis and cure of notifiable and zoonotic diseases, studying farm animals, equine and companion species.

Microbiology will enable you to understand microorganisms and how laboratory techniques can help to diagnose bacterial diseases. You’ll conduct research in our specialist laboratories, examining the mechanisms of infection and use of antibiotics. Animal therapy will introduce you to different types of physical therapies and  hydrotherapy. You’ll examine the efficacy of different therapies for different conditions and species, working with horses and dogs in our equine and canine therapy centres.

You’ll also be able to pursue modules on breeding and genetics, as well as livestock production and reproduction which include practical sessions on our commercial farm. Production modules will enable you to study different production systems across a range of enterprises and evaluate cutting edge research in the field of animal production.

Industry opportunities

We’ll support you to gain voluntary work, right from your first year, with students recently undertaking roles in our commercial equine and canine therapy centres, our commercial farm and assisting with practical sessions in our science labs. You’ll benefit from guest lecturers, with recent speakers including vets from the Three Counties Equine Hospital running practical seminars on lameness in horses. Tynsdale Vets also run short practical courses on foot trimming, mastitis and calf rearing on our farm.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a strong interest in animal biology, and want to understand more about the science of diagnosing and treating animal disease.


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.

Learning and assessment

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

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Journal Editor, Wiley
    Research Assistant, Animal Health Trust
  • Master’s and PhD study
  • Lab technician
  • Pharmaceuticals
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), including English Language and Mathematics.

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually, however evidence of previous relevant study at level 3 (i.e. A Level, BTEC etc) is required.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

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.