Animal care - a.y. 2020/21

The Bachelor’s degree offers a unique educational pathway, targeting people who aim at taking professional care of animals and protecting their wellbeing. The programme 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.


Level: Bachelor

Field of study: Zoology

Degree awarded: Bachelor's degree in Animal Care

Start date: October 2020

Location: Agripolis Campus-Legnaro (PD)

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: 35; non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Programme structure

Common path: Mathematics; Physics and Chemistry; Bioethics; Animal Biology and Genetics/Anatomy and Physiology/Nutrition and Reproduction/Diseases and General Pharmacology/Ethology and Pathology.

Path 1 – Wildlife: Ecology and Ethology; Wild Animal Care in Clinical Settings; Principle of post-mortem technics; Wild Animal Husbandry, Management and Welfare.

Path 2 – Scientific Research: Lab Animal Care in Clinical Settings; Comparative Pathology; Statistics and the three Rs issues; Lab Animal Husbandry, Ethology and Welfare.

  Career opportunities

Graduates work in private and public organisations where management, health, welfare and reservation of animals are driven by a modern and international approach. Work 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.

  Entry requirements

  • Secondary school diploma. Good command of Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry
  • SAT score report with a score greater or equal 50% of the score scale. Candidates can replace SAT with a Skype interview

  Language requirements

English: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on

Please read carefully the Call for Applications before applying online!

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees > Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: