Harper Adams University College Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Harper Adams University College Animal Behaviour and Welfare

BSc (Hons) / BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Clinical)

Duration: 4 years full-timeStart date: September 2017

The course

Do you long to find out why animals behave the way they do and what this can tell us about their welfare? Do you care passionately about the welfare of animals but realise that applying scientific principles is likely to achieve better results than responding in a purely emotional way? Then this course is for you.

This degree enables those interested in the behaviour and welfare of companion and farm animals to study at degree level without covering the broader animal health sciences in detail. You will examine animal biology as it relates to the behaviour and welfare of animals, and have the opportunity to study ecology in relation to animal habitats.

All main groups of farm animals are represented on our farm and the Companion Animal House has a range of exotic and companion animals.

Students carry out an animal-based investigational project in their final year, looking at an aspect of animal behaviour or welfare.

Harper Adams University College Animal Behaviour and Welfare


Accredited by: The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

This course has been awarded full accreditation from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and is now “formally validated by the ASAB Accreditation Committee as delivering the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve ASAB certification as a clinical animal behaviourist”.

Individuals who graduate from this course, with at least a 2:1 degree classification, will be recognised by ASAB as having fulfilled the academic requirements of ASAB certification, and as an accredited course the graduates do not have to pay the fee for review of their academic standards by ASAB so long as they show evidence of having graduated from the programme with at least a 2.1.

What does a Clinical Animal Behaviourist do?

A Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) consults with pet owners in order to address concerns owners have over behavioural problems with their animals. Examples of behavioural problems include aggression, separation anxiety, fear of people or objects or fear of fireworks. The CCAB will collect the information they require through consultation with the owner and assessment of the animal and then address the problematic behaviours through development of management regimes based on scientific principles and evidence. The CCAB will then support the owner through the treatment period. A CCAB will only take on a client through referral from a veterinary surgeon.