Bsc Hons Bioveterinary Science

Bioveterinary Science (with Foundation Year)

BSc (Hons)

Develop your specialist scientific knowledge with this Bioveterinary degree. Prepare for a veterinary medicine degree or an exciting career within animal science.

The foundation year entry 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 with the full BSc qualification.

Key Information

Course Duration: 4 or 5 years full-time; part-time available
UC UCAS Code: DF90
Part or Full Time: Full Time / Part Time
Level of Study: Foundation Year Degrees
Placement Year: Optional
Typical Offer: 32-48 UCAS tariff points

Course information

This degree is for you, if you want to pursue a range of scientific areas that focus on the processes underpinning disease. You’ll develop your expertise in disease diagnosis, microbiology, physical therapies and rehabilitation.

Study bioveterinary science in professional-standard laboratories, volunteer within our animal collection, commercial farm and large equine centre to develop your experience working with animals.

Apply theory to practice as you get hands on in our dissection and microbiology laboratories, learning more about a range of species. Investigate notifiable and zoonotic diseases, study farm animals, equine and companion species.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete biochemistry and genetics modules, as well as livestock production with practical sessions on our campus farm. You could experience rehabilitation first-hand in our commercial equine and canine therapy centres with our animal therapy modules, and evaluate cutting-edge hydrotherapy research.

  • UCAS | A typical offer for this course is 32-48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.


  • 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 EE-DD or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels.


  • Vocational Award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.


  • Access | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.


  • IB | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Highers at H3 or above.
    This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSEs have not been obtained.


  • Scottish Highers | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Advanced Higher.


  • Irish leaving Certificate | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Ordinary Level.


  • OCR Cambridge Technical | Typical offer is a PPP in a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.


  • T Level | Typical offer is Pass in your T Level overall grade in a relevant subject.


  • Other | Some evidence of practical experience in agriculture or similar land based studies is desirable.


We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

Please contact us for further information.

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Your career

Industry opportunities on this course are diverse, to ensure you develop the skills, experience and connections needed for your graduate career. Many of our students get their graduate roles with their work placement employers.

Work placements and experience

These form part of optional modules, alongside an optional integrated placement year. We’ll support you to secure a placement with a UK-based or international employer, to match your interests and career goals - you’ll complete coursework. Placements can be paid or unpaid, depending on position. Students have worked with organisations such as the Blue Cross, Cotswold Dog Spa, Wood Veterinary Group and BSAVA.

Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres also offer opportunities for students to gain industry experience ready for their careers - either on work placements or as part of voluntary roles. Alongside this, we’ll encourage you to find a voluntary role with a local organisation such as an animal rescue shelter, veterinary laboratory, wildlife rehabilitation centre or a zoo.

Field trips and guest lecturers

Field trips and industry professionals in lectures form an important part of your learning, enabling you to experience different businesses, careers and best practices.

Recent guest lecturers have included veterinarians from NOAH and the RVC and a member of the StreetVet team in addition to academic researchers from a range of subject areas.

Graduate destinations

As a Bioveterinary graduate, you may go on to a career in research or clinical laboratories, pharmaceuticals, science communication, lecturing or to study veterinary medicine as a graduate. You’ll also have the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Our careers team can support you to find and prepare to secure your perfect role. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Canine Hydrotherapist
  • Journal Editor, Wiley
  • Research Assistant, Animal Health Trust
  • Master's and PhD programmes
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant, Animal and Plant
  • Health Agency
  • Scientific Editor, BSAVA
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Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Academic support

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

Each year of your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career. The course is taught in English.


What you'll study

Your degree will focus on the cause, transmission and diagnosis of animal diseases.

This course is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals.

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands - you'll find recent topics studied below. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Module credits

On successful completion of your modules, you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. The marks you gain in your second and final year contribute towards your final degree classification.

You'll develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in the remaining three years of the degree. You'll focus on key subjects including animal studies, academic skills and biological science, and work with animal students from across the department.

Compulsory Modules

Academic Literacy for University Studies

Understand and explore topics including the scientific method and enquiry, team working, research skills, and effective time management.

Professional Development in Practice
An opportunity to explore graduate destinations associated with your programme of study, building a portfolio of experiences aiding your professional development. 
Exploring Current Concepts

Develop understanding and knowledge of literature reviews including constructing a rationale and summarising and presenting relevant information to suit a purpose, subject and audience.

Animal Studies

Study the fundamentals of animal care, husbandry and management for maximising animal health and welfare.

Biological Principles for Land-Based Scientists

Through the study of fundamental biological aspects, gain an understanding of how organisms come about and how they function and operate for survival and performance.

This year will focus on key underpinning subjects, such as anatomy and physiology, genetics and biochemistry, to help you to gain the fundamental skills required for your course. First year modules will equip you to study at higher levels by providing essential practical and transferable skills alongside essential knowledge of a wide range of key topics integral to your degree.

Compulsory Modules 

Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction to basic veterinary anatomy and physiology, including the different bodily systems and the interactions between them.

Animal Genetics

Explore the fundamental concepts of genetics and hereditary conditions in animals.

Animal Health and Disease

Learn about the factors that affect disease transmission and signs of health in common companion species.

Animal Nutrition

Study key nutritional principles and learn how these relate to health and disease in animals.

Introduction to Biochemistry

Examine the molecular and chemical processes that underpin normal physiology.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Gain an understanding of key concepts in the fields of animal behaviour and animal welfare.

Professional and Academic Skills in Animal Biology

Develop key academic and professional skills and the personal attributes needed to be successful in a career in the animal industry.

You’ll cover a range of concepts, including pathology and the implications of management practices for animal disease. Optional modules will allow you to explore subjects such as microbiology, animal therapy, animal biomechanics and animal production, to develop your interests at a higher level.

Compulsory Modules 

Animal Disease and Parasitology

Gain knowledge of advanced disease diagnosis, treatment and key pathogenic causes of disease in both companion and production animals.

Research Methods for Agricultural and Animal Scientists

This module introduces students to the process of academic research, methods of research and analysis, helping to prepare them for reading research literature and conducting research projects in the future.


The pathophysiological processes associated with acute and chronic inflammation and how these can be observed on both a gross and histopathological level.

Optional Modules 

Animal Microbiology

Discover a variety of disease-causing microorganisms in animals. Examine the interactions between infectious agents and the host, considering the determinations for disease exposure and control.

Animal Production

This module gives students a first look at animal production systems within the UK and abroad. The most common methods of producing cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry are discussed and these systems are evaluated with respect to the producer, the market, the environment, animal health and welfare as well as their impacts on the consumer. Upon completion of the module, students will possess a suitable grounding to progress onto further animal production and/or livestock based animal and agriculture modules.

Animal Structure and Motion

This module provides students with a basis of biomechanics and animal locomotion.

Animal Therapy 1

The first of two animal therapy specific modules that introduce a wide range of animal therapies.

Management of Domestic Animals

Develop an ability to evaluate animal welfare legislation and justify industry-relevant improvements to the keeping of captive animals. Knowledge will also be developed regarding how to appropriately handle and sex a range of non-human animal species.

Professional Experience in the Animal Sector 1

Reflect on and evaluate a period of industry experience within the animal sector.

Integrated placement year (optional)

An optional integrated placement year between your third and final years gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice and gain valuable industry experience.

Level six (final year)

Your final year allows you to focus on the areas you’re particularly interested in and gain skills that will support you in your future career. You’ll undertake a dissertation module, a substantial research project that enables you to experience being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a specialist topic. In addition, you’ll be exposed to contemporary challenges in the subject area and more advanced theory and practice, including gaining an insight into current research in the field of bioveterinary science.

Compulsory Modules

Animal and Agriculture Dissertation

This module involves independent research and analysis in an animal or agriculture‐related field with one-to‐one support from an academic.

Immunology and Animal Disease

Address the immunological basis of disease, disease transmission and how animal disease can impact on public health.


Pharmacology covers the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common drug classes used in veterinary species. The module also examines topics such as resistance and residues, as well as controlled drug prescription, storage and disposal requirements.

Optional Modules

Advanced Animal Microbiology

Advanced Animal Microbiology builds on the knowledge and understanding obtained from the Animal Microbiology module at level 5. This module analyses a range of biotechnologies and diagnostics used in the study of animal microbiology, providing students with an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles behind these advanced techniques. Students will evaluate current developments in microbial molecular genetics and how this research is applied to advance treatment and control strategies in veterinary science.

Animal Therapy 2

This is the second module specifically exploring the details of types of therapies used within the animal industry.

Developments in Livestock Science

The module will investigate a broad range of topics that will allow the student to gain further knowledge and understanding of the key developments in sustainable livestock production and management and be able to critically analyse and evaluate development impact on all stake holders in the industry (producers, consumers and animals).


You will study how diseases are transmitted and spread through populations and understand how the dynamics of this spread can be studied and monitored. You will use this knowledge to analyse appropriate methods to help avoid, track and control disease epidemics.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions – alongside independent learning. The foundation year also includes an internship using Hartpury’s on-site facilities and industry links. You’re expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour. Your course may also include work placement learning as part of some modules.

Year Contact learning Placement learning Independent learning
Level three foundation year (year one) 24% 0% 76%
Level four (year two) 25% 0% 75%
Level five (year three) 23% 0% 77%
Placement year (optional) 1% 80% 19%
Level six (final year) 16% 0% 84%

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. 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. Feedback will be given in a variety of ways including during sessions, on assessment submissions and in tutorials.

Year Written exam Practical exam Coursework
Level three foundation year (year one) 24% 38% 38%
Level four (year two) 25% 56% 19%
Level five (year three) 34% 25% 41%
Placement year (optional) 0% 0% 100%
Level six (final year) 13% 16% 71%

Each year of this course is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8.30am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Work placements may entail different days and hours
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week
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Clothing and footwear (circa £100)

You’ll need to purchase appropriate clothing and footwear before you enrol, or during enrolment week. We’ll let you know exactly what you need to purchase in your enrolment guide – everything is available from our supplier’s online shop for approximately £100.

Optional field trips (up to circa £50)

Students are encouraged to engage in various trips and visits as part of the programme. Many field trips are included in the course fees, however, a few are not. These may involve a small fee to cover transport and or entry to the location.

Accommodation and living costs

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“The ability to access a foundation course for Bioveterinary science was a huge contributor. Coming from a non-academic background, I was unsure how I would adjust to university and the foundation year seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce myself into studying.”
Noora Peltonen
BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science with Foundation Year

Turn your passion into your career

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.

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Get to know our dedicated and passionate teaching staff who’ll help you achieve your very best. We’re proud to have been awarded Gold in all three areas of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): Overall, Student Experience, and Student Outcomes. This places Hartpury University in the top 15% of published institutions in England. Plus, we're ranked sixth in the UK for Teaching Quality, in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.