BSc

Equine and Veterinary Bioscience (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code D335
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Combine your desire to undertake work experience whilst studying at University. Our Equine Science and Veterinary Bioscience at Aberystwyth University is engineered to give you the head start in the ever so competitive career market. Equine and Veterinary Biosciences means studying the biology of a range of animal species in such a way as to provide you with the underpinning veterinary medicine and scientific theory and examples using the horse (including some equine specific modules) are used where possible. This includes how nutrition, welfare, anatomy and physiology as well as understanding diseases, their diagnosis and control.  It does not provide recognised training for those wishing to practise as a veterinary surgeon, but may provide graduates with a suitable pathway to a veterinary medicine degree programme.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Equine and Veterinary Biosciences at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017)
  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Equine & Veterinary Biosciences (D334) and complete your year in industry. Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade.
  • Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Equine &Veterinary Biosciences D334).
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here.
  • All students will have access to and use of superb teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories. 
  • Internationally renowned passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields for animal science and equine research.
  • A fantastic equine centre with Olympic size indoor arena, all-weather manège, round pen, horse walker and livery facilities including turnout.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Animal Biology * BR13320 20
Applied Genetics BR13810 10
Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life BR15320 20
Disease Diagnosis and Control BR15420 20
Equine Anatomy and Physiology BR10910 10
Equine Exercise Physiology BR11010 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equine Study Tour BR14210 10
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding: Genetics and Reproduction BR25220 20
Applied Nutrition of Livestock, Horses and Companion Animals * BR20720 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20
Veterinary Health BR27120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Ethology BR21620 20
Vertebrate Organisms BR26820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience BRS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Equine Nutrition and Digestive Disorders * BR30310 10
Animal Breeding BR30710 10
Dissertation * BR32330 30
Livestock and Equine 'Omic' Technologies BR30610 10
Veterinary Infectious Diseases BR34120 20
Veterinary Pharmacology and Disease Control BR36820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What opportunities are there for me?

Our alumni are currently in these following fields:

  • Research Scientist;
  • Working at nutrition companies;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Progression to MSc and PhD postgraduate study.

Studying Equine science, you will develop specialist skills including:

Ability to evaluate the physiological needs of a range of species in health and disease, with a special emphasis on the horse

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers reports, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. 

Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, jpc11@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Teaching & Learning

If you are interested in the biology that underpins the health and welfare of the horse and range of other animals, then Equine and Veterinary Bioscience is for you. Here’s why we think Aberystwyth is the very best place to make your journey of discovery.

What will I be taught?

You may investigate the subject from both clinical and welfare perspectives through to the latest developments in animal biotechnology, bioethics and infectious diseases. A detailed course structure can be found by clicking the tab 'course content'. Example subject areas include:

  • Anatomy and physiology;
  • Principles of genetics and metabolism;
  • Equine exercise physiology;
  • Management of the performance horse;
  • Equine study tour;
  • Principles veterinary science;
  • Animal behaviour and welfare;
  • Nutrition;
  • Equine stud management;
  • Applied veterinary science;
  • Veterinary drugs and veterinary infectious diseases.

How will I be taught?

This course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, field visits, and lab work. You will have an opportunity to develop an understudy of concepts, research and methodology relating to equine and veterinary bioscience. You will explore this learning in laboratory research and experimentation, as well as hands-on exercises. You may also participate in a study tour, which will cover a range of different equine-related organizations and may include racing training stables, studs, racecourses and veterinary hospitals.

You’ll be taught by expert scientists, with an international reputation, who conduct research in a wide range of equine and animal science areas. Our lecturers are passionate teachers too, with years of experience of communicating the science of the horse and other animals. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD

International Baccalaureate:
32 points overall with 5 points in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall with 75% in a science subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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