Animal Behaviour and Welfare Bsc (Hons): University of the West of England

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Bsc (Hons)
Hartpury College, Hartpury House, UWE, Gloucester, GL19 3BE, United Kingdom
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3 years
+44 (0) 1452 702345
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An increasing awareness of the behaviour of animals and their welfare, by both the animal industry and key regulatory bodies, is creating vast opportunities in this specialist area. The Animal Behaviour and Welfare programmes are designed to equip you with the knowledge and ability to work within the specific area of welfare; providing you with the first valuable step towards your career goals.
The programmes focus on animal physiology, welfare and behaviour. A range of optional subjects are also offered, enabling you to tailor your degree around your own areas of interest. Subjects as diverse as Companion Animal Behaviour and Animal Trade and Welfare are available to study within the programme.
Careers/further study
You will acquire a range of skills and knowledge highly valued by organisations such as the RSPB, RSPCA, PDSA, DEFRA, Blue Cross and the Police Force.
Level 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Veterinary Science
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Companion Animal Behaviour
  • Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Introduction to Equine Behaviour

Level 2

  • Applied Veterinary Science
  • Laboratory Animal Management
  • Behavioural Measurement
  • Companion Animal Behaviour and Training
  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Ethics and Welfare
  • Animal Welfare Assessment
  • Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology
  • Behavioural Interactions

Level 3

  • Management of Animal Collections
  • Anthrozoology
  • Animal Psychology
  • Animal Trade and Welfare
  • Reproductive Behaviour
  • Life at the Limits
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • Pet Behaviour Counselling

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