Get hands-on with a scientific approach to animal management focusing on welfare and the practicalities and legislation of keeping and managing animals.
Study the internal functioning of animals; practical ways of detecting and diagnosing disease; the interaction of animals with their environment; field-based conservation and aspects of behaviour such as migration patterns.
Our partner college and local zoos and safari parks give you great opportunities for practical research.
This is a one-year (full-time) or two year (part-time) route to an Animal Science honours degree.
Aimed at those who already possess a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in Animal Management or a related area, it can lead to careers in animal care, conservation and scientific research into animal health and nutrition.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Learn from academics and industry professionals who are current practitioners or leading researchers, gaining insight into today’s best practice and science.
- Study using formal lectures, practical laboratory and IT laboratory sessions and supported independent-study as well as getting practical experience with a diverse range of companion, farm, exotic and equestrian animals.
- Develop your range of skills through a mixture of applied science, practical management and business content, working hands-on with animals in both technical and management roles, making you highly employable in a number of careers
- Gain understanding of a scientific approach to the management of animals.
- Explore legal and ethical aspects to the animal industry.
- Benefit from access to Shuttleworth College’s excellent animal management facilities and collections, as well as contacts with local zoos and safari parks.
Lecturing staff are actively engaged in scientific research, and have previous experience in academic, government, charity or industry research laboratories. Our teaching and the course are therefore directly informed by our research knowledge and activities.
Many of the skills you will develop are applicable to a range of. The ability to research complex information, analyse data and write professional reports are highly valued and our students are encouraged to think about potential careers in a wide variety of sectors.
Key aspects of the course that emphasise employability include:
- Training in key laboratory techniques relevant to employment within the animal sciences, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations.
- Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions).
- Practice in professional standards of reporting including field and laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations.
- Guest lectures from employers and from the University’s careers service.