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BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy

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Gain experience in our canine and equine animal therapy centres. Develop essential business skills and work with a range of animals on site. You’ll also undertake scientific research in an area you’re passionate about.

As part of the degree you’ll gain essential experience in our Canine Hydrotherapy Centre and Equine Therapy Centre. Alongside developing valuable therapeutic knowledge, you’ll experience multi-disciplinary teams -  including veterinary professionals, hydrotherapists and nutritionists - working towards the optimal health or performance of an animal. You’ll gain insights into different career options as well valuable knowledge and experience, ready for employment.

Your first year will introduce you to fundamental areas of animal therapy including working with both the animal and human. You’ll study animal anatomy and physiology, with particular emphasis on the muscoskeletal system, animal genetics, health, disease and nutrition. On the human side, you’ll develop your expertise in effective scientific communication, both oral and written, as well as working with colleagues and animal owners in a therapy-type setting.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in industry as part of your degree, study business management subjects and undertake research to uncover new knowledge in an area you’re passionate about. Students across our animal degrees often co-publish with lecturers and present their research at industry conferences.

This course will equip you with a range of scientific animal therapy skills to prepare you for employment or further study. It will not qualify you to be an animal therapist or physiotherapist.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in commercial therapy centres, as well as through a sandwich year in industry. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guests in lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Recent activities have included clinical canine massage, physiotherapy assessments on canines, assessing and treating horses on the equine treadmill, as well as discussions about post-surgical management from veterinary professionals.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have an interest in animal therapy as part of veterinary medicine and want to study an applied degree whilst being exposed to industry practice

Learning and assessment

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. 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

As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Animal therapy
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal physiotherapy (postgraduate study)
  • Lab technician
  • Sales and education
  • Postgraduate research

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 and Mathematics.

A-level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational awards | 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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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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