Sparsholt is the ideal starting point for a career in this highly competitive industry, with an international reputation for animal studies. 

Our specialist Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre houses 600 animals from over 100 species including rare breeds, domestic, exotic and large farm animals – enabling you to gain theoretical and practical experience relevant for most careers in animal care. 


The comprehensive animal collection provides students with hands-on practical experience in which they can apply their classroom learning. There are also opportunities to volunteer in order to gain additional, valuable experience in animal husbandry, building enclosures and giving guided tours on Open Days