Explore and apply the science behind the optimum management of farm, companion and captive animals.
Are you fascinated by animals and their role in human society?
Animals have been a part of human society for millennia. In fact, it's virtually impossible to live in the modern world without relying on animals for something – food, companionship, leisure activities and services.
At Reading we particularly focus on domestic and captive animals, their biology, and the science behind how humans manage them to ensure they thrive in our society. This includes the study of their physiology, reproduction, nutrition, environment and behaviour and how these may be optimised to improve animal productivity, health and welfare.
Animal Science at Reading is ideal if you want to pursue a career in animal health and welfare, nutrition or research, or would like a stepping stone into a veterinary career.
“The degree at Reading gave me a considerable breadth of knowledge, covering everything from companion animals to farm animal production, as well as an understanding of the biological processes that underpin how we keep animals. I believe that the choices available and the level of detail covered within those subjects has allowed me to perform my job with confidence and to a high standard.”
The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is home to a variety of facilities including: farms, research facilities, laboratories and dedicated study space. Watch this video for further information.
The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for students starting University in September 2020.
Skills for employment
A degree in animal science can lead to many different and rewarding careers – find out why Reading graduates are getting hired.
How you'll learn
You will develop a number of core skills and techniques through varied study methods and research work.
Experience a new culture while studying abroad
We offer an opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree, giving you international experience.
Work experience while you study
We support and encourage our students to get industry experience as part of their degrees, which can give you a head start towards the perfect job.
Where you'll learn
You will benefit from our modern facilities, located on an award-winning parkland campus that complements the University's own 800-hectare mixed farms.
Work with industry
We collaborate with several local animal organisations that provide us with access to teaching facilities, small animal collections, zoo species, horses and more.
Join our Animal Science Society
Make the most of your time with us by joining a thriving community of undergraduate students from different degrees and backgrounds, with varied interests and career ambitions but one thing in common – a passion for animals.
Meet some of our Alumni
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Get a real feel for University life and explore our award-winning campus.