Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department

The Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department is staffed by veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, and a number of animal scientists who are focussed on teaching and research in the areas of Animal Science, Animal Husbandry, Animal Health and Veterinary Nursing. They are well supported by laboratory and farm-based technical staff with a wealth of experience and hands-on skills. The department contributes to many of the undergraduate and postgraduate programme areas delivered by Harper Adams, but plays a key role in the delivery of the agriculture and animal related courses.

The department has access to some great facilities which support teaching, research, independent study, hands-on work and reach-out activities. There are well-equipped laboratories and a Companion Animal House, with a range of companion animals and exotics, including chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes and geckos. A mock veterinary practice, housed within the veterinary nursing unit, features a consulting room, prep room, x-ray facility and an operating theatre, so students can gain practical experience in a safe, realistic environment before working in a commercial veterinary practice.

We are in the unique position of having a commercial farm on campus, with all the major animal enterprises, including dairy cows and followers, two sheep flocks demonstrating different management systems, an intensive beef unit, pig unit and large-scale commercial egg enterprise.

The Bamford Library has an extensive range of text books and academic journals covering all aspects of the animal-related industry.

Harper Adams has an excellent reputation for the high quality teaching provision and student support. Lecturers have a wealth of industrial and academic knowledge and are skilled at presenting course material in interesting and memorable ways. Every student has a tutor for their year group who will remain with them throughout their time at Harper Adams, advising, dealing with problems, and liaising with Student Services and support staff on their behalf.

Academic staff are also actively involved in supervising postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, as well as undertaking collaborative research projects in the following areas (Details of the individual interests and current work are given in their staff profiles):

  • Animal physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Molecular biology

The department has strong links with industry and regulatory bodies, including a partnership with the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), and delivers a number of professional short courses in these areas. These courses are supported by the Animals Business Development Office at Harper Adams.