Animal degrees

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The physical and emotional needs of animals is at the heart of everything we do. Working with research-active staff, our students contribute to studies that are helping us understand animals like never before.

Put theory into practice and boost your CV with access to over 70 species, laboratories, animal therapy and hydrotherapy centres, a new Equine and Animal Assisted Activities Area on a 360-hectare campus that provides an ideal environment.

Why Hartpury?

We’re fast establishing ourselves as a globally-recognised centre for animal training, behaviour and performance, creating an evidence base of best practice that’s changing the way we interact with animals. From optimising animal health and performance, to exploring human-animal interactions in zoos, our staff and students are providing solutions to real-world issues.

You’ll be exposed to a range of career opportunities to help you find the one that’s right for you, and start building your professional network from day one, ready for your industry work placement and dream career. Our lecturers have worked as animal trainers, coaches, behaviourists and veterinary professionals – so you’ll benefit from their considerable experience in the commercial animal industry.

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Our facilities

We’re continually investing in your future with our ever-expanding facilities. Our diverse animal collection includes access to 70+ species comprising invertebrates, reptiles, aquatics, exotics and large and small animals.

Our specialist animal science laboratories and veterinary nursing training centre enable students to apply theory to practice, gain real-life experience and develop research skills. Our commercial animal businesses on campus – canine and equine therapy centres, our livestock farm and dog grooming salon – provide additional opportunities to gain practical and business experience.

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Unique opportunities

Animal welfare is high up on the global agenda and the pet sector is set to hit a monumental £130 billion by 2030, creating ever-expanding career opportunities for skilled graduates.

Depending on your degree, you could take us up on the incredible opportunity to visit Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa or Slapton Ley, South Devon for a residential trip, or explore the diverse British wildlife and biodiversity on your doorstep. You’ll gain first-hand experience of life as an animal science professional, as you carry out research and learn from industry experts.

Open days

Visit our campus to find your perfect course, see where you could live in our student accommodation, get advice from our staff and chat to students about university life.

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Discover everything you need to know about applying to study at Hartpury University. If you need any further support or information, please contact our admissions team.

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