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BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Management

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Develop practical animal husbandry skills, and an in-depth knowledge of topics such as nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour with our Animal Management degree at ARU in Writtle.

The UK animal sector is made up of a large number of enterprises, each demanding specialist knowledge and skills. However, practical competence and commercial awareness underpin everything – and our industry-focused course is designed with this in mind.

As well as looking at practical animal management, we’ll explore business and trade as it relates to the animal sector.

You’ll be taught by subject-specialist staff, and benefit from campus facilities including dedicated canine and equine centres, a small animal unit and a working farm. Throughout your course, there’s the chance to join ‘behind the scenes’ trips and other experiences.

In years 2-3, you have a choice of modules so that you can concentrate your knowledge in particular areas of animal management: bioveterinary science, zoo and wildlife conservation, livestock technology, or pet behaviour and welfare.

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Hands-on learning

Study Animal Management at ARU Writtle and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive species
  • go on 'behind the scenes' trips and privileged experiences throughout your course
  • learn from high-profile subject specialist staff.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our BSc (Hons) Animal Management degree gives you practical animal husbandry skills, complemented by knowledge of topics such as nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour.

It will prepare you to work in the animal industry which, though diverse, demands practical competence and commercial awareness.

As a graduate, you could consider a career as an animal nutritionist, nutrition company sales representative, veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies, animal welfare officer, the RSPCA, or progression to vet school.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study a Masters degree, such as our MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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