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    Find your career in animal science


Our Animal Science programme offers great employability and careers support. We're proud to equip our graduates with the skills needed to gain top industry jobs, and we offer focused careers advice and networking opportunities.

Our BSc Animal Science programme is ideal if you're interested in a career in animal health, welfare, nutrition or research. It can also be an entry point for further training in veterinary science.

You will complete a career planning module to develop skills for effective career decision-making and there are plenty of opportunities to build vital experience and skills from volunteering activities through the Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award.

Studying animal science gives you a wide range of options for working with animals, but it also gives you many transferable skills that are highly desirable with employers in any sector.

During our regular careers fairs, you'll have the opportunity to establish good contacts among potential employers, and we provide you with advice on CV writing and job application strategies to increase the changes of getting the job you want. In fact, many of our students graduate already having received job offers.

“While I was studying BSc Animal Science, the 'Careers' module really helped me to develop my CV writing skills and to consider ways that I could develop my skillset to increase my employability. As part of this initiative, the University helped me to set up a summer placement where I worked for an animal nutrition company for three months. The placement became the start of my professional career as a research scientist. The company offered me a job as soon as I graduated, and without the support and contacts from the University, I may have never found myself on this career path.”

Laura Payling, BSc Animal Science

Specialist animal science careers

Many of our graduates have taken up posts in research, advisory and managerial services at commercial firms concerned with animal nutrition and health, and with commercial firms in allied areas such as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries.

In addition, many Reading graduates go on to higher-level study such as master's programmes in specialist fields like conservation science or nutrition, or PhD in Animal Sciences. Others have gained places to study veterinary medicine and science.

“I chose to study Animal Science at Reading due to my keen interest in working with companion animals, an area that is not always covered at degree level, and I haven't looked back. The degree at Reading gave me a fascinating insight into the biology and management of a range of companion animals and this, combined with relevant work experience completed as part of my degree, meant I had the knowledge and skills needed to secure my dream job with Guide Dogs for the Blind at their National Breeding Centre.”

Lucy Parkes, BSc Animal Science

Generalist animal science careers

A degree in animal science gives you a wealth of options. Many of our graduates have gone to work in accountancy, management training and IT.


In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for our Thrive career mentoring scheme, where you will be partnered with an alumnus. Our mentors are all successful professionals who create an environment where you can discuss your aspirations and test your ideas about graduate life.

Once you graduate, you have the opportunity to become part of our alumni community – a worldwide network of more than 107,000 people.

Being an alumnus of Reading gives you some great benefits, such as:

  • Alumni discounts for further study
  • One-to-one careers advice for a year and ongoing networking opportunities
  • Subscription to our annual Connected magazine and regular e-newsletters
  • Access to an online global community
  • Events and reunions
  • Library, sports and accommodation discounts.



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