What will I learn?
Building on a strong science foundation, the course will take your knowledge of zoo management to the next level within an industry-standard environment. You will develop research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour and population management, as well as considering the wider roles of the modern zoo such as visitor learning.
The course promotes the idea of evidence based husbandry as a fundamental feature of contemporary zoo biology and combines practical research skills, husbandry techniques and vital management skills. There is also a strong data analysis theme to prepare you for and support you in your dissertation research.Â Current dissertation projects include:
Nutrition studies for aardvarks
Keeper perception of zoo primate diets
Prevalence of bumblefoot in birds of prey
Enclosure use studies for penguins
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is primarily coursework based, comprising practical portfolios, case studies, seminars, reports and essays. This is supplemented in some units by an exam.
Where can I go from here?
You can progress to the MSc in Applied Zoo Biology at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are many MSc and PhD programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt Animal Management graduates now work in a variety of roles in the zoo and conservation sectors, while others have continued in education to postgraduate level. Zoo Biology graduates have also had the opportunity to present their dissertation findings at the BIAZA Research Conference.
â€¢ Data Analysis
â€¢ Professional Industrial Development
â€¢ Applied Zoo Animal Behaviour
â€¢ Conservation Biology
â€¢ Wild Animal Veterinary Science
â€¢ Conservation Education
FdSc or HND in Animal Management, Animal Science or related subject.