Animal Behaviour and Training (Clinical) at Hartpury University - UCAS

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Course summary

Develop the skills and expertise to transform your passion for training animals into a fulfilling career with this Animal Behaviour and Training (Clinical) degree. Access our 70-species animal collection and benefit from our connections with animal trainers, scientists and behaviourists across the UK. Around 57% of all UK households (16.2 million) are home to pets, numbering up to 38 million animals*. With around 12 million dogs and 11 million cats, as well as many more animals, including those held in zoological collections, skills and expertise in animal behaviour and training are in high demand. You’ll gain an in depth understanding of the key topics in the field of animal behaviour and training. Core subjects will range from management and training of the animal, to the physiology of animal behaviour. Engagement with practical activities, industry placements and real-world case studies throughout the course will prepare you for a future career in a diverse sector - from routine training for husbandry right through to managing animals with problematic behaviours. This course and its training are underpinned by the strictest ethics and supported by the latest scientific evidence. You’ll learn from the latest advances in the field and use industry-standard technologies. *UK Pet Food 2023 Aligned to the ABTC Programme Recognition Committee This programme has been aligned to the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Programme Recognition Committee to deliver the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve ABTC recognition (pending confirmation) as: Animal Trainer (AT) – during year 1 Animal Training Instructor (ATI) – during year 2 Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT) – during year 2 Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) – during year 3 It is in the process of applying for ABTC recognised Programme status. An individual who has met the ABTC knowledge and understanding (academic) requirements, and who wishes to be ABTC registered will then need to undertake an assessment of the performance criteria via an ABTC Practitioner Organisation.


Our modules are developed regularly to reflect student and industry demands, ensuring you’re well prepared to enter skilled employment on graduation. Most courses also include work placement learning, to help you gain essential experience for your future. Modules include: Introduction to Animal Learning and Training, Animal Health and Disease, Professional and Academic Skills in Animal Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Genetics, Professional Practice in the Animal Sector, Management and Training of the Animal, Physiology of Animal Behaviour, Understanding and Preventing Problematic Animal Behaviour, Professional Skills for Veterinary Paraprofessionals, Research Methods for Agricultural and Animal Scientists, Dissertation, Advanced Animal Training, Anthrozoology, Cognitive Ethology, Clinical Case Studies for Veterinary Paraprofessionals Modules are sometimes subject to change. Optional modules change each year - you can attend introductory sessions before deciding which ones to study. For more information, please visit

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you. The minimum academic entry requirement for this programme is 80 UCAS tariff or equivalent providing this is combined with relevant experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Home fees for Sandwich Year £925 International/EU fees for Sandwich Year £4,400 Maximum part time fees (home students only) £6,935

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Hartpury University
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Animal Behaviour and Training (Clinical) at Hartpury University - UCAS