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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Welfare)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Make a difference for animals

Combine your love of animals and science to make a difference in to their welfare.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Animal Science parent structure.

What is it like?

How we care for our animals is in the spotlight.

Whether it is animals on farms or working animals like police dogs, pets, animals in zoos and wildlife parks, there is increasing awareness of animals, what they feel and how they should be treated.

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

This is the only Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnSci) in New Zealand. It focuses entirely on animal science and 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 and they will teach you about the latest developments in animal science. As well as animal welfare, you will obtain a solid base of knowledge in genetics and breeding and nutrition and growth.

This degree has a distinct New Zealand flavour and is equivalent to established international animal science programmes. This course can also allow you to study part of your programme overseas.

Internationally relevant

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

The Centre's research focuses on areas including developing fresh conceptual frameworks for understanding animal welfare, evaluating husbandry practices and systems, 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.

Sought-after by employers

The production and companion animal industries, government departments and agencies, iwi-owned agribusinesses recognise the importance of animal science in what they do and employ our graduates. Our rigorous programme is supported by industry and provides you with the valuable skills employers are looking for.

Join a world-leading university

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s number one university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture. We are also recognised in the QS rankings as a world leader in veterinary education. Massey University is home to the only animal science team in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia.

As a Massey University animal science student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in these areas.

Practical components of the programme are taught on site at our sheep, beef and dairy farms and at our feline and canine facilities and state of the art teaching laboratories.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in science
  • Care about the treatment and welfare of animals
  • Want to learn about animal needs and management
  • Want to make a difference for animals


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


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