Animal Science

Our biological science-based courses combine both pure and applied sciences in the study of animals. Alongside practical animal management skills are topics relating to the underlying biological principles of biochemistry, genetics and animal growth alongside core subjects of behaviour and nutrition. These courses are for those wishing to have a strong scientific understanding of animal biology and how it relates to animal health and disease, animal growth and their development. Option routes provide specialist teaching of pet behaviour and welfare, zoo and wildlife conservation, and farm livestock technology.

Top five reasons to study Animal Science at WUC...


Our programmes give you the opportunity to gain a named award in your chosen area of interest, be it Livestock Technology, Zoo and Wildlife Conservation or Pet Behaviour and Welfare.


With around 200 species on-site, we have a huge range of animals for you to study, including reptiles, exotic mammals, horses, livestock and pets.


You will enjoy some incredible behind-the-scenes visits to zoos, farms and research centres, such as The Aspinall Foundation or The Sanger Institute.


You will be able to apply for our amazing study tour to Umphafa in South Africa, Colchester Zoo's private nature reserve or work as an intern through the zoo's own programme.


You will be learning from academics who have produced high-profile research - check out how we tracked cow behaviour using state-of-the-art precision tracking sensors.

Educational Associate

BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums logo

Writtle University College is an Educational Associate of BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Supporting Standards

Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) logo

Writtle University College supports the standards set out by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC)

Collaborative Working

Colchester Zoo Action for the Wild logo
UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve

Animal Management & Science
with Dr Eleanor Drinkwater

Join Dr Eleanor Drinkwater and Darren Veitch as they present a series of fascinating, animal packed episodes that culminate in an interactive and enlightening Subject Spotlight focussed on Animal Management & Science.