BSc Bioveterinary Science

Hartpury College, University of West England

Program Description

BSc Bioveterinary Science

Hartpury College, University of West England

BSc Bioveterinary Science

There has been a boom in the veterinary and animal related industries within the last few years. The amount of money spent on animals and the number of careers working with animals have both increased over the last few years.

This challenging and exciting degree offers a blend of modules relating to the study of animal health, disease, management and the treatment of sick animals. You will cover a wider range of diseases in equine species, companion, production, laboratory and wild animals. Aspects such as the basic biology of animals and the diseases they can acquire will be studied as will the treatment and management of the animals. You will also look at the appropriate management of an animal’s nutrition, breeding and see how modern technologies are being applied to the field of animal health.

You will gain theoretical skills related to the study of diseases and animal health as well as a diverse experience of practical techniques and experience of handling a range of animal species.

The degree aims to equip you with the necessary skills needed to succeed in various fields associated with veterinary science, animal nutrition, animal health, breeding technologies, animal care and within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. You will also be able to confidently progress on to postgraduate study and research within the veterinary and Animal Science fields.

Studying at Hartpury

This programme has a range of core modules. A range of optional subjects will also be offered to you, enabling you to tailor your degree around your own areas of interest. Subjects as diverse as Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Genetics, Ethics and Welfare, Pharmacology, Animal Psychology, Animal Production and Equine Therapy are available to study within the programme.

Learning is through a variety of methods incorporating lectures, field trips, laboratory-based practicals, dissections, problem-based learning sessions and project work. You will be assessed via a range of methods including written examinations, multiple choice questions, practical assessments, oral examinations, written assignments, practical notebooks and poster and seminar presentations.

Complementary studies and work experience

Our students have the opportunity to take a number of complementary studies courses available on site that you can undertake alongside your studies at a reduced cost. These include animal related courses such as animal nursing and dog grooming and also other courses designed to help you in the world of work such as first aid and health and safety. Our students also can undertake additional short courses and gain additional hands-on experience with animals during our twice yearly study weeks. Our students also have the opportunity to gain additional experience of working with animals through volunteering to help out at the College’s Home Farm, Equine Therapy Centre and in the Small Animal Collection; including observing the routine veterinary work on-site and getting hands-on experience of lambing and milking. All of these ensure that our graduates not only have the techincal knowledge that employers are looking for but are also able to gain a good range of appropriate vocational skills as well.

Areas of study

Students have a range of compulsory modules and optional modules to choose from

Level 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Microbiology 1
  • Companion Animal Management
  • Introduction to Veterinary Science
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics

Level 2

  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Clinical Investigations of Animal Health
  • Animal Microbiology 2
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Applied Animal Nutrition
  • Ethics and Welfare
  • Parasitology
  • Animal Production
  • Laboratory Animal Management
  • Equine Therapy 1

Level 3

  • Developments in Animal Science
  • Dissertation
  • Animal Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Animal Psychology
  • Advanced Animal Production
  • Cellular Mechanisms of Development
  • Equine Therapy 2

Programme overview

UCAS code

BSc (Hons) – D390 A

Programme length

BSc (Hons) – three years full-time

Part-time option


Work experience opportunity



You will be well placed to work within science laboratories in a range of industries. You will also be able to confidently progress on to postgraduate study and research within the Veterinary and Animal Science fields. Potential employment opportunities include lecturing, nutrition research and feed management, reproductive and genetics research, animal health work, sales work, research assistance and laboratory work. Many students also choose to continued their studies by undertaking undergraduate veterinary medicine degrees.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 5, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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3 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Gloucester, England
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