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Today’s specialists in livestock and companion animals need a fundamental scientific training, combined with a critical attitude towards all aspects constraining sustainable development of animal husbandry. The master's Animal Sciences, which is unique for the Netherlands, offers the multidisciplinary training necessary for a future career in this field.

Contribution to animal welfare and food safety

Animal health plays an important role in animal husbandry and all human-animal interactions. You will study how impairment of animal health and welfare can be prevented. For example by means of nutrition, housing management or design of breeding strategies. You can therefore provide a real contribution to animal welfare and food safety. These topics are the focus of interest in the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide.

Multidisciplinary and individual approach

The master's programme Animal Sciences offers you a multidisciplinary and individual study programme. This prepares you well for finding solutions to complex problems. In this master's programme, you study a number of biological subareas, such as physiology, genetics, ethology and ecology. You can choose from different specialisations that allow you to build expertise in a topic of your ambition and interest. Within specific specialisations, you take courses offered by the chair groups of the Animal Sciences department, and you obtain practical experience at the chair group itself or its (international) connections. In addition, you can expand your expertise with societal and business aspects, such as consultancy, policy, communication, business economics and management. These skills can be obtained at chair groups outside the Animal Sciences department. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills especially on different livestock species, such as cows, pigs and poultry, but also on companion animals (dogs, cats and horses) and semi-wildlife.

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