Dr Colin Butter - Programme Leader
Prior to joining the University, Dr Colin Butter gained a wealth of experience working for 18 years as a research scientist at the Institute for Animal Health in Berkshire. His research interests are primarily focused on the infectious diseases of poultry. Poultry is the largest animal protein source and Colin's research looks at the ways of controlling these infectious diseases.Academic Staff List
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Students can participate in fully-funded residential field trips in the UK, enabling them to study animals and plants in the wild. There is also an overseas field trip in the third year. Destinations may vary, but have previously included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.
This optional module in the third year provides the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but have previously included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.
Students who opt to undertake a field trip overseas will be expected to cover transport costs (including flight costs). These costs will vary depending on the location of the field trip. Accommodation and meals at the field sites are fully funded by the University.
Students may be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet. Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what students choose to bring.
All full-time Bioveterinary Science students may take an optional placement year between the second and third year of the programme. These placements are student-led though students will be continuously supported by academic staff throughout. Placements provide the opportunity to gain workplace experience and a chance to hone students' skills in a professional environment. When students are on an optional placement in the UK, they will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation, and meals costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
The course is taught by our team of experienced academics, including staff at the forefront of their fields of research, such as Associate Professor Colin Butter and Dr Simon Clegg. TV presenter and Visiting Professor Chris Packham CBE lectures at the University on a range of related topics. Staff contribute to government advisory bodies, offer industrial consultancy, publish in international journals and contribute to academic books.
The Department hosts a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved Behaviour Speciality Clinic, run under the direction of one of only two current RCVS recognised specialists in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. This supports our internationally recognised research in companion and farm animal behaviour and welfare, behavioural consultancy, and problem behaviour management.
“The absolute highlight of my time at university was the chance to take the overseas field course module. I opted to go to South Africa, which was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Corinne Woodcock, BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science graduate
This course aims to prepare graduates for a range of careers in animal-related professions. These include roles in research and development, technical support, and sales of animal pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and nutrition products, as well as in animal health, laboratory diagnostics, toxicology, forensics, wildlife parks, and zoos. Many students continue to study at Master’s and PhD level, and some go on to veterinary medicine.
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The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do.
Biology is the science of life itself, exploring the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms.
Zoology is an exploration of how animals have evolved, how they function, and the ways in which they interact with their environment.
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
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