Animal Management (Pet Behaviour and Welfare) at ARU Writtle (formerly Writtle University College) - UCAS

Course summary

Now, more that ever is there a growing demand in the Pet Industry. Likely a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, pet ownership levels peaked to an unprecedented high of 59 percent in 2020/21 up from 45% (Statista Research Department Aug 2021) . This presents an increased demand for a range of services including professional dog trainers and behaviorists, canine and feline services such as walking, grooming and sitting, rehabilitation and specialist services. Our BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Pet Behaviour and Welfare) programme focuses more on holistic approach to animal husbandry with courses on applied behaviour and welfare, breeding and animal health management alongside core topics of behaviour, nutrition and health. This degree course takes a holistic approach to animal management and prepares students for the increasingly diverse enterprises of the UK animal industry. A wide range of species are available to enable students to gain sound practical animal husbandry skills, which are then complemented by an academic programme that covers topics such as nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour. These are combined with a deeper understanding of business and trade as it relates to the animal sector. This programme in Pet Behavior and Welfare runs alongside other pathway routes of zoo and wildlife conservation, and farm livestock technology. If you are passionate about dogs and looking for a degree course to learn about their behaviour and welfare then this is the option for you. Complementing the holistic approach of the Animal Management programme or the core scientific principles of the Animal Science programme, this course particularly prepares students for employment in the range of companion animal roles including canine behaviour councilors, pet nutritionists and pet animal welfare charities. From 2021 the new Canine Academy provides specialist facilities for our canine behaviour and training aspects of the course. This degree course is based on the academic requirements for the standards set by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) for Animal Trainer, Animal Training Instructor, Animal Behaviour Technician and Clinical Animal Behaviourist. On graduating, students would be eligible for provisional membership of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)

Modules Please visit the website page to see the table of modules taught during each semester and year of study.

Assessment method

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including: Practical assessments with companion and zoo animals, farm livestock and horses Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions Presentations - both individually and in small groups Essays and technical reports Assessed seminars Case studies Experimental work and laboratory reports Poster presentations Debates Dissertation

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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The entry requirements listed represent typical offers for some of the most popular courses. We use the UCAS tariff when making offers and to determine whether you have met the conditions of our offer. Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We have an inclusive Admissions policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications, both academic and vocational and take into account relevant practical skills. Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC, Advanced Technical Diplomas) are also warmly welcomed. Please contact our undergraduate Admissions Team for further advice on our entry requirements. Telephone: +44 (0)1245 424200 Email: [email protected]

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13080 Year 1
International £13080 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 .

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Animal Management (Pet Behaviour and Welfare) at ARU Writtle (formerly Writtle University College) - UCAS