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FdSc Animal Health & Management

For 2020 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

Gain a sound understanding of issues surrounding animal health, disease, behaviour, welfare and the management of animal collections. Making use of our excellent practical facilities and links with Dartmoor Zoological Park and various veterinary practices across Cornwall and Devon, we can ensure that you have excellent access to hands-on experience and the benefit of up-to-date veterinary knowledge.

Aspects of animal health and management are studied through a range of inter-related modules, giving you a solid grounding in this specialist area. Study tours in Year 1 and Year 2 will allow you to further your knowledge and experiences both nationally and internationally. You will have amazing opportunities to develop your knowledge of health, welfare and husbandry, and to work with a wide range of species within our Animal Management Centres at our Bicton College, Duchy Stoke and Duchy Rosewarne campuses.

You will have access to our Equine Yard and the Duchy College Home Farm and its new hi-tech dairy unit. Links with Dartmoor Zoological Park have developed in the past few years and there are sound opportunities for you to broaden your experiences to a wider range of exotic species, including big cats, wolves, monkeys, capybara, tapirs and wallabies; we also work closely with The Donkey Sanctuary and The Dog and Wolf Development Centre in Cornwall.

Assessment will be via a range of written assignments and practical assessments, reports, in-class tests, formal examinations, presentations and group discussions. You will compile a portfolio of skills developed during practical sessions.

Approximate Additional Costs: 

  • Optional study tour £300
  • Uniform £30
  • Steel toe capped boots £30
  • Waterproof leggings £10

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at University of Plymouth
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) (Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare (entry at Level 5) at University of Plymouth
– BSc (Hons) Biosciences (top-up) (Level 6) at University of Plymouth

Possible Careers 

  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Health Inspector
  • Animal Technician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
  • Veterinary Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zookeeper, Curator or Manager
  • Welfare Officer
  • Animal Behaviourist

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D320
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English language, science and mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

FdSc Animal Health and Management Handbook 2019-20
FdSc Animal Health and Management Module Appendix Handbook 2019-20


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Introduction to Animal Health
  • Principles of Animal Science
  • Practical Animal Health and Management
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health Industry
  • Personal and Employability Skills Development
  • Research Skills

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues in Animal Health
  • Applied Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Animal Health Planning
  • Research Project

Options (choose one)

  • Welfare, Care and Rehabilitation
  • Pharmacy and Diagnostics

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Animal Health & Management

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2 years full-time

FdSc Animal Health & Management

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3 years part-time

FdSc Animal Health & Management - with Science Gateway

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3 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Animal Health & Management - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: 331C. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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