Harper Adams University Animal Management and Welfare

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Harper Adams University Animal Management and Welfare

If you enjoy being with animals (whether they are pets, livestock or more exotic species), care about their health and welfare and want to know why they behave as they do, the Animals route is for you.

The Animals department has animal scientists specialising in physiology, nutrition, behaviour, welfare and molecular biology. We have well equipped laboratories and a Companion Animal House, with a range of pets and exotics, including chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes and geckos. Our on-campus commercial farm has all the major animal enterprises, including dairy cows and followers, three sheep flocks demonstrating different management systems, an intensive beef unit, pig unit and large scale commercial egg enterprise.

The EFDP will also give you the practical experience with animals that you need to progress onto a relevant Animals foundation or bachelor’s degree. Graduates of these degrees often work for welfare organisations, as college lecturers, technicians and animal demonstrators, and within wildlife parks and zoos. Others have become assistant managers and livestock managers within pet superstores, work in farm and large animal environments or in kennels and catteries. Some students have become education officers in zoos or other welfare organisations such as the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association or the Dog’s Trust. Many graduates continue in higher education studying further degrees in Zoology, Wildlife Ecology and Animal Behaviour.

Please note: You should choose the Animal Management and Welfare route if you wish to progress to BSc Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. Progression will be dependent on meeting specific criteria.

Harper Adams University Animal Management and Welfare

Entry requirements

You must be at least 17½ years old, and have in the region of 6 – 9 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English language, maths and science. However, we judge all candidates on their individual merits and may take other skills, qualifications and life experience into account when considering applications. Mature students without formal qualifications will need to provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully a course at this level. This may include an academic assessment at Harper Adams, taken on interview days.

The required GCSEs must be completed prior to application. Applicants doing qualifications beyond GCSE (e.g. AS level, BTEC) can expect to receive an offer asking them to complete these qualifications to show their continued commitment to their education.