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Animal Husbandry (BSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Animal Husbandry

Study Animal Husbandry

Are you enterprising and do you have a passion for animals?

Dutch animal industry is dynamic and of a very high level. On an international scale, the Netherlands is a front runner in the field of breeding, nutrition and the well-being of animals. Will you contribute to further development in the industry? Will you support the people and businesses who are active in the horse industry? Or will you ensure that the Netherlands stays an important player in global livestock farming? Developments proceed at a rapid pace. Production in livestock farms is increasing rapidly, and this development coincides with an increasing focus on the health and well-being of animals. Will you take on the major challenges? The industry can certainly use well-trained specialists like yourself!

You can specialise in:

  • Equine, Sports and Business
  • Applied Animal Science


Equine, Sports and Business

In Europe, millions of people are active in the equine sector. Think of breeding, sport, leisure or business activities at all different levels. The equine industry is rapidly expanding throughout the world, and therefore, continues to professionalise as a sector. Western European countries, like the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, have become key players in this international field. These countries are highly recognised worldwide for the breeding and trading of sport horses as well as for their high level of sport performance and equine knowledge.

The increasing number of international transactions - sport horses, equine products and horse knowledge - demand internationally oriented people, who can combine their interest in horses with sound business knowledge.

The sector needs individuals with the ability to analyse business performance, spot market opportunities and come up with innovations. To be successful in this field, you have to be able to convert results from scientific research into practical situations. Solid knowledge about horses and a constant focus on finding new solutions is required for this. Equine Sports and Business strikes a balance between equine science and business knowledge. During this program you deal with topics such as nutrition, breeding, exercise physiology, training, rider physiology and psychology plus welfare and behaviour. In addition, subjects such as finance, managerial economics, management, marketing and international trade are important elements of the programme. Besides knowledge you also learn important skills like networking, advising, planning and organising.

Applied Animal Science

Are you curious about animals and their pecularities? Would you like to learn all there is to know about a particular species? Do you think it is important that animals that are kept for commercial purposes are cared for in the best possible way, everywhere in the world? If so, you should choose to focus on Applied Animal Science – your gateway to the world of scientific animal reseach. Specialisation is increasingly

important in all sectors of animal care, from companion animals to production animals. Though there are many agricultural extension workers and advisors on animal husbandry, there is also a need for people with a deep scientific knowledge of each of the main species within the husbandry system; cattle, horses, pigs or poultry.

By focusing on Applied Animal Science, you will be able to specialise in the species of your choice. You will be working on real life assignments and projects in connection with for instance farmers, researchers and advisors. In these assignments and projects you learn to translate scientific knowledge into recommendations for everyday practice. Hereby you develop your communication skills and discover your entrepreneurial qualities.

Content Programme

You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment.The programme is competency based: each theoretical subject supports workgroup situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. This means that you will be active from day one, learning to work independently as you collaborate with others. The programme culminates in practical placements and a thesis project conducted in an international setting.


Career opportunities

  • Advisor on animal feed
  • Project manager in agribusiness
  • Account manager in horse insurance
  • Event organiser
  • Marketeer in an industry association
  • Self-employed professional
  • Animal expert

The world lies at your feet when you are a graduate student of Animal Husbandry.

Admission requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma
One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application. 

It is highly recommended that Chemistry is covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. This means that if your diploma does not have a final examination in Chemistry, you can catch up on the missing knowledge with specific modules that are included in the programme. You need to successfully complete these modules in the first year.

English proficiency

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada (English-speaking areas).
  • Applicants with a sufficient Dutch diploma
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details) including a final examination in English.

For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.

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Program content

Tuition fees

Bachelor EEA                      € 2.143 / per year*
Bachelor non-EEA              €  9.000 / per year

* The government recently agreed to cut tuition fees in half for first-year students as of the 2020-2021 term. This will apply to students starting a bachelor at Universities of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit our website.

Scholarships & funding

There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.

For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programmes a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).

Master and Certificate Programmes

Most of our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an OKP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.


All study programmes of Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

You will receive a Bachelor of Animal Husbandry (BSc).


Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.

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Larensteinselaan 26a
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