What students say about animal science
For my animal science course, there are quite a few hours of lectures per week, sometimes up to 24. There are some modules which involve practicals, but the course mainly consists of lectures. There are quite a few essays and reports to write throughout the year and lots of exams in the final term of the year. You receive basic feedback on reports and essays but not on exams. There isn't much chance for hands-on animal experience at the University, but there are some trips throughout the year.1st year, University of Reading
I am doing equine science and thoroughbred management and the course has been so interesting and challenging that I have loved every minute of it. I have about 12 hours of scheduled contact time with the lecturers, plenty of hands-on practicals to put science and dissecting skills to the test, and a reasonable amount of coursework taking the pressure off exam time.1st year, Oxford Brookes University
The amount of teaching is just the necessary amount in order to get you interested and motivated, so they do not 'feed you from the spoon' and you're not required do everything by yourself either. On my course I got a lot of interesting visits to different companies and facilities outside university, organised talks with visiting lecturers and met lots of inspiring people!3rd year, University of Bristol
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Physical education
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Animal care and control services
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Farm manager
- Veterinary nurse
- Fishery manager
Other real-life job examples
- Laboratory technician
- Agricultural scientist
- Animal welfare officer
What employers like about this subject
Studying for a degree in animal science will give you specialist skills including the health, welfare and biology of animals; their care and maintenance and principles and developments in animal sciences. You will also gain useful transferable skills such as good communication, team-working, problem-solving and decision-making skills. This degree does not qualify graduates to work as vets, although animal science graduates do sometimes go on to study veterinary postgraduate programmes after graduating from their first degree. Animal sciences graduates get work in industries such as farming, manufacturing (particularly animal nutrition), pet supplies, zoos and nature reserves and veterinary practices.