Animal Behaviour and Welfare FdSc: University of the West of England

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Hartpury College, Hartpury House, UWE, Gloucester, GL19 3BE, United Kingdom
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2 years
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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 degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and ability to work within the specific area of animal 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.
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

The foundation degree is a vocationally focused programme that enables you to engage in work based learning throughout the two years of study. As a foundation degree student, you will be required to complete a work placement relevant to your degree. Upon successful completion of a foundation degree, you can apply to progress on to the BSc(Hons), which will take an additional one to two years of study.

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