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    Animal Science & Behaviour


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    We need talented, dedicated people to understand how animals' bodies work, to care for their health and welfare.

    The animals industry is full of diverse, exciting, and challenging careers for well qualified graduates.

    “Being a graduate is, I feel, the only way that I could have entered the nutrition industry because of the competition for these jobs. On placement I met so many people in the pig industry and learned so much. I chose Harper Adams because I thought 'why would you go anywhere else when you can be taught by the people who at the top of their game?'”

    Josie Hatch

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    Why study animals at Harper Adams?

    If you care about the welfare of animals and enjoy science, our team of animal experts will help you find your place in this ever-expanding industry.

    You'll be taught by a large team of experts in their field: Veterinary surgeons, nurses, professors, animal physiologists and nutritionists, specialists in animal behaviour, microbiology, molecular biologists and animal welfare scientists, all ably supported by laboratory and farm technicians. The department also works closely with the university's agriculture and livestock experts. Class sizes are small and staff have an open-door policy, so you'll receive personalised guidance and advice.

    Your learning won't just take place in the classroom - while studies are less hands-on than in further education, there will still be lots of applied work in our extensive laboratories, the commercial farm on-campus, and in our companion animal house and veterinary services centre. There will be field trips, talks from industry figures and the chance to develop further practical skills through our Farm Skills Programme.

    Our graduates are renowned for their thorough knowledge of animal sciences; something employers value and students generally enjoy, as the modules are very applied and the science elements are related to real life situations and the subject they are passionate about: animals.

    Through this balanced approach to theory, applied work and your placement year, you'll develop the skills to get a job in this competitive industry: experience across species, confidence, having the initiative to work both independently and in teams, the ability to research and problem solve, to work effectively under pressure, communicate well, and stand out from the crowd.

    Why Harper?

    • Large, diverse teaching team
    • Small class sizes for individual attention
    • Facilities include an on-campus farm
    • Highly applied scientific degrees
    • Placement year puts you ahead of competition

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