BSc (Hons), CertHE Equine Bioveterinary Science

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Study biological and veterinary sciences as they apply to the horse, covering areas such as equine health, immunology and breeding. Get practical experience in the laboratory and with horses at ARU in Writtle.

Our BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science degree combines theory and practical skills, so you gain a thorough scientific knowledge as well as the skills to apply it in the equine industry.

As a student in Writtle, you’ll cover all the main equine bioveterinary science areas including breeding and reproduction science, diseases and epidemiology, equine health, immunology and pharmacology, nutrition, performance, and veterinary microbiology.

You’ll be based in the Equine Training and Development Centre, which offers extensive facilities including a working stable yard, riding arenas and an equine therapy barn. There are around 70 horses on campus, and you’re able to bring your own horse to university too: find out more about our DIY Livery Yard.

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Equine Academy: support for talented riders

The Equine Academy at ARU Writtle supports a group of competition-level riders every year. It offers training sessions for the rider, stabling for the horse, and access to our equine facilities and experienced support staff.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


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Hands-on learning

Study equine courses with ARU in Writtle and benefit from:

  • dedicated Equine Training and Development Centre on our Cow Watering Campus
  • working stable yard, with around 70 horses on campus
  • indoor and outdoor riding arenas
  • oval horse walker
  • therapy barn
  • 150-hectare campus with grazing and space for events
  • DIY Livery Yard for students' horses.

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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 a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science degree, you'll have the scientific knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the equine industry.

Some of the areas you could consider are para-veterinary and diagnostic laboratory positions, academic and industrial equine research, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals – for example the marketing department of major veterinary pharmaceutical companies.

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 Equine Performance Science or MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE Equine 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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