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 Science (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 8 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 88.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 38%
Self-employment/freelancing 13%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 38%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 13%

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
Other service activities 2
Raising of swine/pigs 1
Other sectors (1 sector) 1

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Fawley Farms
  • Hot Diggity Dog
  • Country Boarding

Examples of occupations

  • Trainee Farm Manager
  • Kennel Assistant
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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