Animal Health and Welfare relates the study of animal health to improving and enhancing welfare. There is an increased global awareness of the link between animal and human health and this suggests that graduates with skills in this area are well placed for a range of career destinations within the animal sector.
The course combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills for use within the animal sector. It will equip you with theoretical knowledge in practical situations where an in-depth understanding of animal health and welfare might be of benefit, for example in animal production, utilisation of animals for educational/therapeutic purposes, conservation efforts, and the role/value of animals in society more generally. The course will cover the scientific theory and practice relating to animal health and welfare. It will also critically evaluate and assess the biological and social basis of the interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding and overall quality of specific human-animal interactions.
Why choose this course?
- Staff have expertise and experience in the field of animal health and welfare science across a range of species.
- Your studies will be based at our Brackenhurst Campus, which offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
- You will have access to our modern Animal Unit on campus which houses over 150 animals.
- You will benefit from a new £2.5 million campus eco-library offering IT resources 24-7.
- You will enjoy excellent links to partner organisations, conservation projects and academic institutions across the world.
This course attracts graduate and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including:
- biological sciences
- veterinary science / nursing
- environmental sciences, ecology and conservation
- biological and humane education
- animal welfare professionals.
How you're taught
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff. Independent learning is also required and you will undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards.
For the Masters awards you will research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project and communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.
The course will use a variety of assessment methods, such as case studies, student-led seminars, literature reviews and presentations that will allow you to demonstrate understanding, objective critical analysis skills and the ability to communicate findings in a scientific manner.
Careers and employability
Your course leader and lecturers are actively involved in liaising with external agencies and industry to ensure the course is relevant and meets the needs of employers. Successful completion of the course will create employment opportunities within the animal sector, as well as within research areas such as animal, human health and sport industries. Some examples are:
- animal welfare organisations (RSPCA, Blue Cross, International League for the Protection of Horses, Dogs Trust, World Horse Welfare)
- international animal federations (e.g. Federation Equestrienne International, Federation Cynologique Internationale and Olympic Committee)
- sporting / performance industries and organisations (e.g. Wetherby's, The Kennel Club)
- animal consultancy - health, behaviour, training and welfare
- charitable societies, governing bodies and relevant NGOs
- nutritionists and nutrition advisors
- sports psychology
- competition training
- animal related law
- animal / equine journalism
- medical sales
- research industry, research assistant.
There is also the possibility of further postgraduate research.
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located at the University's Brackenhurst campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate in a rural setting approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque minster town of Southwell and has good public transport and road links with Nottingham.
The campus is an ideal study location with bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources and accommodation. There is a modern Animal Unit which houses over 200 animals representing over 60 different species. The collection consists mainly of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. On campus there are also veterinary and equestrian facilities, a working farm including arable and protected crop production, 200 breeding ewes, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.
We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at the Brackenhurst campus over the last few years. Our beautiful 200-hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research. The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers, and great crested newts.
- Home to around 1,300 students and approximately 14 miles from the city centre.
- A beautiful countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscape gardens.
- Buses every 15-20 minutes throughout the day heading from the campus straight into the heart of the city, giving you the best of both worlds.
- Access to an animal unit housing over 200 animals and representing over 60 different species.
- Veterinary and equestrian facilities.
- A 200 hectare working farm.
- Latest facilities including our high-tech glasshouse.
- New library.
- Regularly hosts training and squad days for Agility Team GB, giving students a unique opportunity to work with international level dogs and their handlers.