Working with industry
We have excellent links with the animal science community and work closely with a wide variety of conservation parks, zoos and land-based colleges to ensure that our students acquire diverse experience across the industry.
In addition to your studies on our own farms, our collaborations with several local animal facilities will provide you with access to teaching facilities such as small animal collections, zoo species and horses. These include the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Cotswold Wildlife Park, Beale Park, Marwell Zoo, and local veterinary clinics.
You will also have the opportunity to take a residential field course. For example, recent students have completed their field course at the Durrell Conservation Academy, which is part of Jersey Zoo. This optional module is taught by international conservation experts working at the forefront of the field in state-of-the-art facilities at Durrell. It covers key topics in the management of captive animals for endangered species breeding programmes, reintroduction, and visitor education, including breeding management, animal behaviour and welfare.
“The 'Captive Animal Management' module taught me so much. At Durrell I learned more about the issues facing biodiversity and conservation and actual solutions than I have at any other zoo. Everybody working there is passionate about the whole animal kingdom and understands the importance of looking at the bigger picture, how one species has an effect on another and how all species are meant to work together to find the right balance and form an ecosystem. I personally didn't know much about conservation nor did I have much interest in working in the area, however this trip has highlighted the importance of knowing about all components that form an ecosystem, whether you have an interest in animal science, agriculture or conservation.”
Gain the industry skills you need
Because our programmes are designed in collaboration with our industry partners, we know what employers are looking for and how the industry is developing. This ensures that you'll stand out from the crowd when you graduate and enter the job market.
The diversity of the BSc Animal Science course means that it's suitable for students who are interested in animal science as well as students who have a passion for conservation, bioveterinary sciences or agriculture, too. The transferable employability skills you acquire during your studies will be relevant to other, non-scientific areas of the industry, including management and finance.
Links with British Society of Animal Science (BSAS)
At Reading we have close links with the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), including being a member of the Academia Association, which promotes integration of professional and industry perspectives into our teaching and learning, and sponsors events and prizes.
With a strong staff membership, through BSAS we also have access to a large network of industry and academic partners. Our staff regularly attend and present at the BSAS Annual Conference, which attracts participants from across the UK and Europe.
Student membership of BSAS is highly encouraged among all our students, bringing a host of benefits including access to workshops and networking opportunities.
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