Animal Students In Walled Garden

Animal facilities

At Hartpury, we are fast establishing ourselves as a globally-recognised centre for animal science, behaviour and welfare.

We are continually developing our animal facilities, which are prioritised to enhance your student experience. They are used for behavioural observations and for impact-driven research, to help solve real-world issues. With new science and the latest technology, our animal laboratories and animal collection enable you to explore ground-breaking new methods to help us understand and research animals like never before.

Praire Dogs

Animal Collection

As a Hartpury student, you'll have access to a variety of domestic and non-domestic species on-site. There aren’t many places where you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

We have several different animal areas on campus which you can access: 

  • The Animal Management Centre works as a purpose-built teaching space, as well as a vivarium with a wide range of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. It also has a fully stocked aquatics room with a diverse assortment of tropical and coldwater fish, including piranha
  • Our Walled Animal Garden is home to rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, meerkats, prairie dogs, and our giant Sulcata, Millie. It also features a teaching space and four fantastic aviaries
  • Our orchard paddocks are home to wallabies, llamas and rare bagot goats

You'll also have access to the domestic species on our commercial farm and horses in our world-class equine facilities, including our Equine Therapy Centre.

Female Student In Lab Using Microscope

Animal Science laboratories

Our Animal Science laboratories and Veterinary Nursing Centre have specialist equipment for teaching and research. They are the perfect hub for you to learn more about anatomy and physiology, including dissections, as well as gather important data for your dissertations and postgraduate research.

The facilities in our labs include a thermal imager, new magnifiers and binocular and trinocular microscopes, dietcheck software, a veterinary haematology analyser, and a microplate reader.

You could be using the labs to examine the cause, transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases or even examining the process of microbial infection.

Dog Agility In Equine And Animal Assisted Arena

Dog Agility Arena

We have recently opened our own dog agility arena. The new equipment includes an A-frame, a dog walk with poles, flat and cylinder tunnels, weaves, a see-saw, tyres and jumps.

You can access new learning opportunities thanks to the new dog agility facilities through lectures and practical sessions in the arena. The sessions enable you to gain a deeper insight into canine training, fitness, the human-animal bond, as well as health and safety. You could also use the dog agility arena to provide material for your dissertation or postgraduate research.

The sessions will help you explore the careers available in this area of the industry -  several of our graduates have gone on to work as dog trainers.

Take a virtual tour of our animal facilities

Animal degrees

Students And Lecturer Working With Dog And Canine Force Plate

Student life

Students In Graze

Campus facilities