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FdSc Animal Health & Management

For 2018 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Duchy College | Bicton College Stoke Climsland | Bicton LEVEL: 5 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

Gain a sound understanding of issues surrounding animal health, disease, causes of ill health and modern advances in treatment, and the management of a wide variety of species. Making use of our excellent practical facilities, building on links with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize winning Rural Business School, Dartmoor Zoological Park and more than 40 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.


Possible Progression (subject to availability)

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


Possible Careers 

– Animal Nutritionist
– Animal Health Inspector
– Animal Technician or Welfare Officer
– Epidemiologist
– Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
– Veterinary Practice Management
– Veterinary Scientist
– Wildlife Biologist
– Zookeeper, Curator or Manager

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D320
  • Institution codes: B18, DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Bicton College & Plymouth University
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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc AHM Programme Quality Handbook 2017-2018 updated Feb 2018


Indicative Module Year 1

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

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Contemporary Issues in Animal Health
  • Applied Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health & Disease
  • Animal Health Planning
  • Research Project
Options (choose one)
  • Welfare, Care & Rehabilitation
  • Pharmacy & Diagnostics

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