Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduate destinations

Graduates with an Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree are sought after due to the multi-disciplinary nature of their degree. The combination of scientific and quantitative knowledge, coupled with an awareness of the social and economic factors within the sector, means that graduates are able to adapt to a wide range of roles after graduating.

Data obtained from

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare (BSc)
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 13 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 68.4%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 54%
Part-time work 31%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 15%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 0%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 0%

Sector information

Whilst some graduates decide to further specialise and move on to postgraduate study, the majority of graduates work in related roles in veterinary practices, voluntary organisations dealing with animal welfare and conservation issues, and in industries such as pet nutrition. Some of these roles involve graduates becoming self-employed. However, as around 70% of all graduate roles do not require a specific degree subject, many also go into unrelated roles in diverse sectors such as market research, education and insurance.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Activities of membership organisations 3
Other service activities 2
Health and social work 2
Other sectors (4 sectors) 4

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Dogs Trust
  • Hope Rescue

Examples of occupations

  • Welfare and Rehoming Officer
  • Training and Behaviour Advisor
  • Assistant Training and Behaviour Advisor

Further study

Two graduates from 2016/17 went into full-time study in the six months after graduation. Courses undertaken include Biodiversity and Conservation (MSc) and Veterinary Science (BVSc).

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You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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