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    BSc (Hons)Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Clinical)

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    Course overview

    If you have an interest in animals and want to gain knowledge of animal behaviour and animal welfare, then this is the course for you.  

    What will this degree entail?

    In this course, you will examine animal biology as it relates to the behaviour and welfare of animals. This includes developing an understanding of the complexity of the relationship between animal behaviour and animal welfare, in addition to providing you with an opportunity to learn about the range of research methods that can be applied in the scientific study of animal behaviour. You will learn about scientific applications of animal behaviour, including how an understanding of animal behaviour can help us to improve their welfare and facilitate safe, positive, human-animal interactions. The course will also introduce business management of relevance to working within animal-related industries.

    This degree programme is pending validation by CCAB Certification Ltd. and the Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) accreditation committees as delivering the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB).  

    As with other Harper Adams University degrees, a key feature of this course is a placement year where you will get an opportunity to work in industry, enabling you to put knowledge into practice, develop your network and discover your future ambitions. In your final year, you will build on this experience and conduct a specialist research project.

    Course key info

    Animal science overview  ❯

    UCAS code D390

    Institution code: H12


    4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience.


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    Entry requirements for 2024

    Our typical offer

    96 - 104 UCAS points (from A2 exams only) for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.

    Full requirements

    Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, please contact the Admissions team:

    Course modules

    Module Table
    Year 1
    Year 2
    Year 3
    Year 4

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    Work Placement

    Students undertake a placement during their third year in an animal-related organisation of their choice. You may want to gain experience working at animal hospitals and shelters, research facilities, zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary practices, livestock farms, stables, catteries and kennels or other animal-based organisations.


    This course prepares graduates for careers involving animal behaviour and also in animal welfare and management. Increased awareness of animal welfare and behaviour issues has opened up more employment opportunities in the animal sector.

    Organisations that house animals are becoming more aware of the need for employees to understand animal welfare and behaviour.

    Welfare organisations are expanding, and nutrition and pharmaceutical companies have careers suitable for graduates with a sound welfare education. Many graduates move into higher education as lecturers or researchers and others choose further postgraduate study.


    Please note: This course is subject to accreditation by CCAB Certification Ltd as delivering the academic elements necessary for an individual to apply for recognition as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB)

    Fees and costs

    The latest fees for this course can be found in our fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.


    Whilst every opportunity has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on this course page, Harper Adams University wishes to emphasise that the content is regularly reviewed and is subject to change from time-to-time as required. Our courses undergo reviews to ensure they are flexible, relevant and as up-to-date as possible.

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