Equine Bioveterinary Science with Placement Year at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS

University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Equine Bioveterinary Science with Placement Year

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Course summary

Combine your passion for both equine and science with this technical course and explore the science behind the latest advances in the equine industry. You will study key veterinary science modules from Equine Nutrition and Health to Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology during this three-year course, while you develop key laboratory skills which will be essential when working in scientific and technical roles within the industry. In preparation for your rewarding career, you will also gain a good understanding of the scientific principles and management practices associated with maintaining optimal equine health and full athletic performance. You will develop your ability to identify and solve problems within the sphere of equine science, as well as advancing your interest and understanding of equine related scientific research. This will stand you in good stead to conduct ground-breaking research of your own. To be eligible for the Placement Year you must achieve at least 50% in your Level 5 modules. Course Features

  • 4-year, full-time course with a one-year work placement
  • Use of our commercial equestrian centre including indoor and outdoor arenas, 60-stable accommodation and 8-stall Claydon horse walker
  • Gain extensive laboratory experience using key laboratory techniques such as bacteria culturing, PCR-analysis and metabolic profiling
  • Study microbiology and diseases of equids
  • Explore advances in genetics and breeding technologies and their application in the equine industry
  • Study nutrition, welfare, ethics and equine rehabilitation
  • Opportunities to engage with industry partners
Career Options
  • Consultancy
  • Equine rehabilitation
  • Equine nutrition
  • Research and development in equine and para-veterinary fields
  • Equine research
  • Veterinary physiotherapy
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Progression to postgraduate study such as MSc or PhD


Level 4 • Equine Sports Horse Industry and Management • Introduction to Genetics and Breeding • Veterinary Biosciences • Introduction to Scientific Communication • Equine Anatomy and Physiology • Introduction to Behaviour in Animals Level 5 (Year 1) • Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics • Research Methods • Advances in Equine Breeding Optional • Equine Health and Epidemiology* • Animal Nutrition* • Veterinary Physiology and Microbiology** • Equine Nutrition and Health** • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries • Experiential Learning

  • must be studied together
** must be studied together Level 5 (Year 2) • UCR Placement Year Level 6 • Advanced Equine Nutrition • Advanced Equine Welfare and Ethics • Recent Advances in Equine Science • Dissertation at Reaseheath (40 credits) Optional • Biomechanical Analysis of Equestrian Performance • Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology • Animal Parasitology

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and timed online assessments. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The timed online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module and level of study, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, and short answer quizzes. In your third year the placement will be a minimum of 9 months and will be credit bearing with a portfolio assessment and professional discussion required to evidence your achievement The balance of assessment by timed online assessment and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 68% coursework 32% timed online assessment Year 2 79% coursework 25% timed online assessment 6% practical Year 3 30% presentation and plenary discussion 70% placement portfolio Year 4 66% coursework 30% timed online assessment 4% practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Interviews may be used to help make decisions on applications, mature applicants and those where further information is required. It is strongly suggested that students undertake industry-relevant work experience either before or during the length of the degree. This could take the form of additional BHS qualifications, practical experience working in a research laboratory, working with a physiotherapist etc. depending on your interests and desired career pathway. Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fee for Placement Year is £1,850 (all other years charged at £9,250) Study Tours Optional study tours may be organised by your course team. Costs vary depending on location, duration and activities although have typically cost £350 in previous years. Equipment costs Equestrian yard uniform, consisting of grey jodhpurs and a grey polo shirt, is expected to be worn for all practical sessions. Branded UCR polo shirts are available through the UCR online shop for approximately £15. Students would be expected to provide their own PPE with minimum riding hat standard of PAS015 and suitable leather riding boots (not chaps). Students should also be prepared to purchase riding gloves and a waterproof coat without a hood. You can expect equipment costs to be in the region of £200 depending on brand and retailer. Lab coats are provided however students can purchase their own if preferred.
Equine Bioveterinary Science with Placement Year at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS