BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science)

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Build your scientific understanding of animal biology and its implications for animal health, disease, growth, and development with our Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science) degree at ARU in Writtle.

As a student at ARU in Writtle, you’ll develop a sound understanding of scientific principles while gaining practical skills and hands-on laboratory experience.

You’ll explore biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, health and disease, breeding and reproduction, nutrition, and animal behaviour.

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. You'll take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a range of domesticated and captive animal species, as well as laboratory classes.

Throughout your course, there’s the chance to join ‘behind the scenes’ trips and other experiences.

If you have a passion for working with animals, and want to support their health and welfare, our Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science) course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career.

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Hands-on learning

Study Animal Science at ARU Writtle and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • develop practical competence with a range of 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.


As an BSc (Hons) Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science) graduate, you'll have a comprehensive scientific understanding of the factors that influence animal health and welfare, combined with the ability to apply that knowledge practically. You'll be well-prepared to make a positive impact on the lives of animals.

Career opportunities exist in a range of animal health roles including:

  • disease surveillance
  • quarantine officer
  • welfare enforcement
  • animal health inspector, eg DEFRA
  • wildlife conservation and management
  • independent wildlife agencies (eg RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England)
  • animal production
  • animal science education
  • animal nutritionist
  • pet food manufacturing
  • research.

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

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science)

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Life in Writtle

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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