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BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation)

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Learn about the zoo industry and both UK and international wildlife management, with our Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) degree at ARU Writtle.

As a student at ARU Writtle, you’ll explore a holistic approach to animal husbandry through modules on applied behaviour and welfare, breeding and animal health management.

We combine elements of practical animal management courses, with scientific study of topics such as conservation genetics and animal health.

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’re passionate about zoo animals and wildlife, and want to support their health and welfare, our Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) 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.


With its focus on the zoo industry and wildlife management, our BSc (Hons) Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation) prepares you for a range of careers, with potential roles including:

  • graduate zoo keeper
  • zoo nutrition
  • zoo and wildlife education
  • animal nutritionist and pet food manufacturing
  • nutrition company sales rep
  • veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
  • animal welfare officer
  • companion or zoo animal keeper (eg RSPCA, SSPCA, rescue centres, zoos and safari parks)
  • progression to vet school
  • quarantine officer
  • animal health inspector, eg DEFRA
  • 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, DipHE Animal Science (Zoo and Wildlife Conservation)

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