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BSc (Hons) Animal Training and Performance

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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 and performance. You’ll work with domestic and non-domestic animals – we have over 70 species 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 analyse and understand animal performance like never before.  Training methods pace 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 specialist developing 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 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 and wellbeing.

You’ll make the most of the latest advances in the field, as you investigate the effectiveness of different training methods 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 the latest scientific evidence. 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. This programme does not qualify students to become behaviourists or trainers.  It exposes them to the scientific principles which underpin animal training, performance and rehabilitation.

*Statista 2017
** US Department of Labor 2016

Industry opportunities

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.

Graduate destinations

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 an integrated placement year option?

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

Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

A typical offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 112 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, Mathematics and a Science

A-level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels

Vocational award | Typical offer is a 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.

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

The minimum offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.

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

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

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