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This degree programme focuses on preparing students for career opportunities in the ever popular fields of animal welfare and related behavioural sciences. The programme enhances students' knowledge and understanding of a range of issues, theories and practices associated with the industry, and enables you to apply these principles in the field of companion animals, farm animals and wild animals in captivity.
This programme helps you to develop skills in the understanding of behavioural principles and the biological and physiological systems that underpin them. You will explore the multi-faceted world of animal behaviour with emphasis on the identification and management of problem behaviours in both wild and domestic animal containment systems. Throughout the programme there will be opportunities to see a variety of different management practices through a range of field trips. Past trips have included a study tour at Jersey Zoo, whale watching in Tenerife, and conservation trips to South Africa, Zambia and Costa Rica.
The aims of the programme are:
* To provide a comprehensive grounding in animal behavioural science and welfare.
* To develop students' understanding and skills in subjects such as anthrozoology, ethics and welfare, and behavioural ecology to enable employment in a wide range of disciplines.
* Principles of Animal Science (30 credits)
* Principles of Animal Behaviour (30 credits)
* Concepts in Animal Welfare (15 credits)
* Principles of Animal Husbandry (30 credits)
* One option from: Concepts in Conservation; Principles of Management (Land-Based) (15 credits)
* Breeding Management and Genetics (15 credits)
* Problem Behaviour Management (15 credits)
* Comparative Anatomy, Adaptation and Evolution (15 credits)
* Applied Animal Welfare (15 credits)
* Animal Cognition and Learning (15 credits)
* Research Skills (15 credits)
* Industrial Experience (15 credits)
* One option from: Exotic Collection Management;Project Management (15 credits)
* Advanced Animal Welfare and Organisations (15 credits)
* Current Issues for the Animal Sciences (15 credits)
* Advanced Animal Cognition and Behavioural Therapies (15 credits)
* Honours Project for the Animal Sciences (30 credits)
* Three 15-credit options from: Anthrozoology and Personal Psychology; Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience; Behavioural Ecology; Applied Animal Nutrition (45 credits)
Applicants should have:
240 UCAS points
FROM A-levels, preferably one in a science based subject
OR Level 3 vocational qualification
PLUS all applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, mathematics and science.
Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.
Applications from mature students are welcome.
Students have access to over 120 species, paddocks with grazing animals and specialist rooms for aquatics, reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals. In addition, we have exotic bird aviaries, a veterinary examination room and a new short-clawed Asian otter enclosure.