Please note that this course is open for applications for 2020 enrolment and onwards.
Animals are big business. Now is a really exciting time to pursue a career in this field. This course provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your expertise in animal training. You’ll work with domestic and non-domestic animals – we have over 70 on campus.
The global market for animal health amounts to almost £25 billion*, and it’s growing rapidly. In the US alone, the animal training industry is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations**. That’s why we’ve developed this new degree - to equip you to make the most of exciting and global career opportunities.
Emerging science and technology gives us scope to understand animals like never before. As a result, the sector is adopting new training methods that place priority on the physical, psychological and emotional needs of an animal to ensure maximum wellbeing and performance. This degree provides opportunities for you to develop both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in this area.
You’ll work with both domestic and non-domestic animals, tailoring your learning to your interests. You’ll analyse performance, develop and implement training plans and aid the rehabilitation of animals. This includes: training to strengthen the complex human-animal bond in pet and therapeutic settings; training for optimal performance of human and animal athletes, preparing them for the biomechanical, psychological and physiological demands of a competitive environment; training non-domesticated animals for husbandry and enrichment purposes; and rehabilitating different species for optimum physical health.
You’ll make the most of the latest science, as you investigate the effectiveness of different training systems for different purposes. You’ll benefit from the latest technologies, access to over 70 different species on campus, as well as our connections with animal trainers, scientists and behaviourists across the UK.
All training is underpinned by the strictest ethics, and supported by science. The degree is part of a wider portfolio of animal behaviour degrees at Hartpury, and is part of our strategic priority to be a globally recognised centre of excellence for modern animal training and technology.
** US Department of Labor 2016
You’ll gain experience on-campus in our commercial equine and canine therapy centres, as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally. These include leading trainers and coaches across the canine, equine and zoo animal sectors. You’ll also have access to guest speakers and professionals who deliver inspiring talks and practical demonstrations on a regular basis.
This course is ideal for those who...
have a passion for training animals, and would like to turn that passion into a career in animal performance and rehabilitation.
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through engaging lectures and interactive practical sessions, with access to our excellent industry links with experts in both domestic and commercial environments.
As an animal graduate you may go on to work as a trainer or behaviourist, and progress on to assistance work, detection, service dog handling, commercial work, rescue and rehabilitation, animal warden/officer, coach, performance analyst for competitive sports such as agility, greyhound racing and cani-cross and across equestrian sport.
Is there a sandwich year option?
Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)