Animal Science

Animal Science at Reading is an excellent preparation for careers in animal nutrition and health or for further training in veterinary science. Covering the fundamental and applied elements of biology relating to the use of animals for production, leisure and companionship. We provide you with the sound scientific basis required of a vibrant, diverse industry. BSc Animal Science is the preferred degree for a practical approach that considers the whole animal. It differs from Zoology which looks more at animal behaviour, ecology and conservation.

Reading is recognised as a leading centre for Animal Science; it forms part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development which is regularly ranked top in university league tables (Times and Guardian).

Students can gain up-to-date knowledge and experience, with excellent facilities and links to the animal science community.

Practical work parallels theoretical studies with students working alongside academics at the cutting edge of research.

Small group sizes allow you to participate and thrive while developing your own skills and interests.

Flexibility within the degree allows you to tailor your studies according to your educational expectations and career goals.

Student experience and employment

The Animal Science degree comprises compulsory and optional modules offering different types of learning opportunities, both on and off campus. These include hands-on experience at local farms, animal shelters and, in collaboration with Berkshire College of Agriculture, Equine & Small Animal Management studies. Longer study periods offer a week at Jersey's Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and a two-week field trip to South Africa.
You will undertake a research project in your third year. This can involve working alongside staff on an existing project or you can propose your own topic. In addition to this and in recognition of the fact that organisations are increasingly seeking to employ students with practical experience, our most highly-motivated students with excellent academic records can undertake a relevant industrial placement year in the UK or abroad between the second and final year of their course.

Career prospects

The most recent figures show that 92% of our graduates find work or higher level study within six months (DHLE, 2011). The degree allows for many possible career paths. Recent graduates have found work in companies concerned with animal health and nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food. Typical careers include Clinical Research Associate, Researcher and Veterinary Nurse in companies including Ocean Mammal Institute, Diatex International and Innovex UK Ltd. Of students going on to higher degrees, around 10% choose veterinary science


A one-year BSc Honours Animal Science is available for suitably-qualified students reading degrees for Veterinary Medicine who wish to take an intercalated degree. The programme is spread over the autumn, spring and summer terms and comprises a range of various modules and a Research Project. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.


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The University is well known for its research and the Animal Science degree helps make you more aware of how that research is carried out. I was lucky enough to take part in an undergraduate research scheme when I was at Reading, which I helped carry out to a professional standard. I presented my findings to the British Society of Animal Science at their annual conference.

Elliott Payne

BSc Animal Science graduate


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