Veterinary courses cover broad disciplines including veterinary medicine, veterinary biosciences, veterinary nursing, veterinary science and applied animal behaviour. Typically, veterinary courses are designed as a mixed theoretical and practical study concerned with the understanding of animal physiology, care and biochemistry. Modules are aimed at equipping students with the necessary skills to work as a professional in numerous areas of animal health. Courses may offer modules focused on business to aid in professional careers.
Where: Hartpury College
What: Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc (Hons)
by Faye - March 2015
Hartpury college provide a really course looking into animal behaviour and welfare. If you don't know what you want to do, and therefore don't what to go into a specific course, then it's perfect. You can choose to look at domestic or wild animals, both are looked at. You can tailor it to suit what you want, looking at the science behind an animal, though this is not too in depth so perfect for someone not looking at a science career, or looking at the behaviour of either wild or domestic species. Assignments allow personal freedom to choose a species to study, which is brilliant if there is a specific area you want to go into, e.g. canid. If you know what career you want to go into there may be more directed courses, but if you don't know if you want to work with domestic pets, in a zoo or anything else then this course provides good oportunity to study widely and later define that choice. There are currently some really good lecturers, who make the modules really interesting. The welfare side is more exciting and interesting than it comes across, and there is less legislation studying than expected! I didn't have a clue what the course was like when I started, but I really enjoy it and think it is brilliant, and is perfect because I didn't know what career I wanted to go into, and still don't know, but have the chance to still study animals without limiting my oportunites into one career.
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