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    BSc (Hons) Veterinary Bioscience*

    Key information

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    Level of study


    UCAS code

    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.

    Start date

    September 2024


    Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*

    Why should you apply to study this course?

    If you are interested in preventing diseases and improving the health and welfare of animals based on a strong understanding of the scientific principles behind them then this is the course for you. 

    What will this degree entail?

    This course will be based on scientific principles of biology and physiology of animals to understand the mechanisms behind their health and diseases. During the course you will study a variety of subject disciplines, including basic animal health related topics such as nutrition, biotechnology, microbiology, disease sciences and disease control strategies. In addition, you will focus on the global animal health industry, understanding the emergence and transmission of animal diseases, their risk to other animals and humans. You will spend time in our state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, on-campus farm and companion animal house applying skills whilst gaining subject specific knowledge in classroom-based studies. The course will also introduce business management of relevance to working within animal related industries.

    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.

    What does HF mean? You might notice that the modules on this page have the letters HF in the code. This denotes a module that has been developed as part of the Harper Forward Curriculum Review, through which new versions of existing courses and some entirely new courses have emerged. Teams of university employees have worked with past and present students, employees, industry organisations and more to build these programmes, ensuring every route is able to shape the types of graduate each sector needs, is aligned to relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals and is built to ensure every student leaves the university embodying a specific set of Harper Graduate Attributes, namely that they Care for people and planet, have a Global mindest, have vital Digital skills, seek continued personal Growth, can apply Practical skills as well as knowledge and are both Inspired and Inspirational.


    The grounding provided in both science and applied animal studies also opens up opportunities in many areas of research. It is important to realise that by studying this course you will not qualify as a vet (i.e. you can’t diagnose and treat animals) but there are opportunities to work alongside vets and other scientists in the veterinary pharmaceutical companies that produce animal health products as well as in the animal nutrition or biotechnology industries.

    Some graduates have gone on to study at veterinary school to eventually qualify as a veterinary surgeon.

    You would also be well qualified to work as an animal health inspector for a local authority or Defra.

    Entry requirements for 2024

    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 fees

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