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BSc (Hons) in Animal Management The overall aim of the course is to provide education to first degree level for learners who wish to expand their knowledge of animal management systems and who are interested in developing research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and animal wildlife management. The course is based on a firm science foundation including biological science, biochemistry, and vertebrate anatomy & physiology. Business studies and communication skills are also included to prepare students for managerial positions in research, industry or academia. Course programme Building on the strong science foundation in year one, students will advance to the study of nutrition in a variety of species, as well as animal health. Population biology, ethology and applied animal behaviour will introduce research skills. Employment areas, such as Animal Health Inspector or Field Researcher will be explored through coursework and through a broad range of guest speakers. In year three, students will choose, design and conduct an independent research project leading to a dissertation. Practical animal handling skills and husbandry techniques are interwoven through the whole three years of the course. Students are encouraged to broaden their expertise by seeking work placements in specialist areas. Recent placements have been as varied as the Customs & Excise's Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport, Marwell Zoo (and many other zoos and animal collections), Compassion in World Farming projects, Operation Wallacea and the Natural History Museum. The section has strong links with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as links with local and national conservation organisations. Research The Animal Studies Section actively encourages students on the BSc (Hons) in Animal Management to use their work experience periods (particularly in Years 2 and 3) of the course to obtain placements which explore the job market and possibly provide opportunities to gather data for the dissertation which is submitted in the final year. Examples of recent research titles are: Assessment of welfare via measurement of urinary cortisol in captive tigers Investigating the metabolism of wild blue-spotted stingrays and An analysis of reproductive stress in captive fields. Work experience Three weeks each year are allocated for work placements. The placements always adjoin a holiday period so that students have the opportunity to combine work placements with paid or volunteer employment. Students are encouraged to seek placements that will provide valuable career guidance, as well as enhancing their CVs. Students often choose to do their work experience overseas. Recent placements abroad have been in the USA (Malhever Research Station, Oregon) Indonesia (reptile research with Operation Wallacea), Ireland (Dublin Zoo), Hong Kong (Jockey Club), Suluwasi, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, RSPCA - South Africa, Bristol Zoo, Otter, Owl and Wildlife Conservation Park, Assocaition for Nature (Polish Wolf Project), Compassion in World Farming, Donkey Sanctuary, Natural History Museum. Entry requirements Two or more full A Levels at D or above or National Diploma with mostly distinctions. Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Course Facts at a glance: Course Code: S34 UCAS Code: D320 Duration: 3 Years Tutor: P. E. Rose , MSc, BSc (Hons) A. D. Beer , BSc (Hons), Cert Ed C. Crawford , VN, Cert. Ed, HND S. Reid , RVN, Cert AAB Qualification: BSc Honours, Validated by the University of Portsmouth Student Profile: Matthew Bandar While working towards A Levels I decided on an Animal Management degree as this would open up a wide range of future career opportunities within the a Read Full Profile

BSc (Hons) in Animal Management The overall aim of the course is to provide education to first degree level for learners who wish to expand their knowledge of animal management systems and who are interested in developing research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and animal wildlife management. The course is based on a firm science foundation...

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