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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Welfare)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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The Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Welfare) will help you understand the science behind how animals feel, what influences that and how that affects their behaviour and performance.

You will gain a relevant, up-to-date, scientifically-based knowledge of animal welfare that will make you well-placed to make a difference in the lives of animals.

A unique degree

Massey University’s Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnSci) is the only degree in New Zealand that focuses entirely on animal science. It is ideal if you are interested in a career that combines your love of science and animals.

Learn from the best

Massey University’s animal, agricultural and veterinary science professionals are among the best in the world. They will teach you about the latest developments in animal science. You will obtain a solid base of knowledge in animal welfare. You’ll also learn about nutrition and growth as well as animal genetics and breeding.

Internationally relevant

Massey has a number of internationally recognised animal-based research centres. These include the world-leading Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre (AWSBC).

The Centre's research focuses on areas including developing fresh frameworks for understanding animal welfare. It evaluates husbandry practices and systems. It also covers pest control and analysing ethical dimensions of welfare problems.

The AWSBC was the first animal welfare focused research centre in the world to become an OIE Collaborating Centre (with the World Organisation for Animal Health). This recognises the AWSBC as being a group with internationally relevant expertise.


The Bachelor of Animal Science with a major in animal welfare will provide you the knowledge, attributes and expertise you require for the careers of the future. You will be qualified for technical, advocacy and management roles across different types of industries and animals. These include:

  • Government animal welfare officers
  • Animal welfare investigators
  • Local government animal control officers
  • Biosecurity
  • Customs
  • SPCA animal welfare officers
  • Policy and regulation


Students must complete 360 credits including 195 credits from the core courses and 120 credits of major courses. No more than 150 credits at 100-level and a minimum of 90 credits at 300-level.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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