BSc (Hons), CertHE Animal Science (Livestock Technology)

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Learn how we can meet the demand for food while maintaining the health and welfare of animals, with our BSc (Hons) Animal Science (Livestock Technology) degree at ARU in Writtle.

If you’re interested in animal production, livestock farming and farm animal welfare, this is the course for you.

As a student at ARU in Writtle, you’ll look at the ‘whole animal, with modules covering breeding and biosecurity, alongside genetics and biotechnology.

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 want to work with farm animals and support their health and welfare, our Animal Science (Livestock Technology) 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 in 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 (Livestock Technology) graduate, you'll be ready to pursue a career in farm livestock production or related roles such as: 

  • farm nutritionist
  • farm animal health and welfare advisory roles
  • precision livestock farming
  • animal nutritionist and pet food manufacturing
  • nutrition company sales rep
  • veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
  • animal welfare officer
  • progression to vet school
  • quarantine officer
  • animal health inspector, eg DEFRA
  • wildlife conservation and management
  • independent wildlife agencies (eg RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England).

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 Animal Science (Livestock Technology)

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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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