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Bachelor of Animal Husbandry - Animals, Society and Business (BSc)

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

Bachelor of Animal Husbandry - Animals, Society and Business (BSc)

As an animal lover, do you have an eye for developments in society? As a researcher, consultant, entrepreneur or manager, do you wish to make a difference in the (inter)national agrofood sector? Then this current, challenging program is sure to suit you.

You will learn everything about animals and how to run a healthy, sustainable business. You will for instance follow courses on animal health, reproduction and nutrition, as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. You will already start developing innovative business models during your studies that serve the interests of animals, farmers and society. You will also consider ethics questions surrounding animal welfare. Think about the separation of calf and cow, the docking of pigs’ tails and using sensors and technology.

And the major societal challenges for the agrofood sector are also discussed. Will there be enough food on earth for 11 billion people come 2050? Is our soil fertile enough? What about biodiversity and this sector’s impact on the environment?

You will learn to look at these issues from a broad perspective and to work together with other parties to find sustainable solutions. You can contribute to a healthy and responsible sector in this manner. Ambitious, innovative professionals like yourself are in demand and highly valued around the world!

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programs 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.

Specific admission requirements

It is highly recommended that Chemistry is covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement.

Language proficiency English

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

  • Academic IELTS test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): pass at grade C or above
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CFE): pass at grade B/C or above

Please note that tests results older than two years are not accepted.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Term 1

  • Sector orientation
  • Animal nutrition and reproduction

Term 2

  • Marketing
  • Animal health

Term 3

  • Animals in society
  • Animals in business

Term 4

  • Land & forage management
  • Practical project

Year 2

Term 1

  • Internship

Term 2

  • Research & health
  • Nutrition and breeding

Term 3

  • Innovation
  • Farm risk analysis

Term 4

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product quality

Year 3

  • Further deepening in:
    • Animal
    • Business
    • Industry
    • Trade
  • Internship

Year 4

  • Minor
  • Graduation project

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • EU students: €2.168 per year
  • Non-EU students: €9.100 per year


When you successfully graduate from Animal Husbandry you will have obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

Continuing studies

Do you want to continue your studies after graduating? Then, of course, moving on to a Master's program at a university (in the Animals or Business Administration track) is also an option.

Career opportunities


Your career opportunities are versatile and varied. Possible jobs for you as a graduate:

  • Animal welfare specialist
  • Breeding expert
  • Feed consultant
  • Quality manager
  • Independent entrepreneur
  • Sales manager
  • Commercial employee


Graduates end up with both national and international employers. Some examples of companies where graduates of Animals, Society and Business are employed:

  • Feed producers: Agrifirm Feed, De Heus, ABZ Diervoeders
  • Animal health: Animal Health Service, MSD animal health
  • Breeding farm: CRV
  • Education: intermediate vocational education (MBO) and higher professional education (HBO) lecturers, practice centre trainer
  • Research: Cargill
  • Animal specialist: MS Shippers, Agruniek Rijnvallei
  • Policy: LTO-Noord
  • Financial: ABAB Accountants, Rabobank

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VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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