Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
01 October 2023

01 October 2023

About this program

Animal Care

The Bachelor’s degree offers a unique educational pathway, targeting people who aim at taking professional care of animals and protecting their wellbeing. The Program provides knowledge, skills and competences to develop qualified human resources specialised in animal care, husbandry and welfare, able to operate in different international contexts. Multidisciplinary field experiences, including visits to zoological parks, rehabilitation centres, research facilities, are organised to introduce students to the practical activity.

Admission requirements

Secondary Studies diploma (or equivalent)

Applicants must have good command of Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Analytical and Logic skills

Language requirements

English - B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Common path (1st-2nd year): Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry and biochemistry; Bioethics and legislation; Animal biology and genetics; Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Husbandry and welfare; Behavioral Neuroscience; Communication skills; Prevention and control of transmissible diseases; Nutrition; Comparative reproduction; Pharmaco-toxicology; General pathology.

Study plans (student choice, 3rd year):

  • Wild and Zoo Animals
  • Animals in Scientific Research
  • Aquatic Animals

Specific subjects for deepening the knowledge in each professional field of action will be taught.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition Fees: €2,626 per year


Bachelor's degree in Animal Care

Credits: 180 ECTS

Career paths

Graduates work in private and public organisations where management, health, welfare and preservation of animals are driven by a modern and international approach. Job opportunities include taking care of animals in a controlled environment and assisting experts in the monitoring of animals intended for recreational, research, educational, sport and assistance activities.

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About this institute

The University of Padua

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its  foundation in 1222. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis  Patavina Libertas (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of...

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Why study at University of Padua

  • The University of Padua is a TOP 200 university in the World, that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222.
  • During eight centuries, students, researchers and alumni have provided key contributions to the advancement of knowledge, science and society.
  • Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes (over 180, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level; 29 programmes are held completely in English).
  • Interconnections among the different disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, where international students (over 3,000), staff and alumni support the development of the University's mission at global level.

Contact info

University of Padua

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
35122 Padua

Phone no: +3949 8273131

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