Welcome to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
We are committed to the education, research and innovation needed to build a sustainable future.
Now more than ever, our planet is facing some tough challenges. With a growing population putting inevitable pressure on the Earth’s resources, plotting the path to a sustainable future has never been more vital. We’re committed to developing staff and students who can make a meaningful difference.
We undertake teaching and research in a range of land-based disciplines at NTU’s dedicated Brackenhurst Campus. This campus has a proud professional heritage, having delivered courses in these subject areas for over 70 years. Today we’re firmly focused on developing graduates with 21st century skills, scientific knowledge and experience.
Our high-impact research is focused around four core themes: the natural environment; ecology and conservation; sustainable agriculture and food security; and animal behaviour, performance and welfare. We aspire for excellence through international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster a research environment that rewards innovation. Our research is recognised both nationally and internationally, often informing professional practice across the sector.
We’re a small and friendly School, and pride ourselves on the diligence and enthusiasm of our teaching and support teams. Our staff have a genuine passion for their subjects and are active researchers or practitioners, committed to helping students realise their ambitions.
Come and join us, and be part of our exciting and vibrant community.
Nano minerals in poultry feed can improve broiler growth, study shows
Wed 23 Sep 2020
ARES Course Leader and Professor collaborate with the Environmental Agency to publish new book titled ‘Statistics in R for Biodiversity Conservation'
Tue 22 Sep 2020
NTU student finalist for the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) Industry Prize 2020
Thu 06 Aug 2020
Excessive exercise responsible for three-quarters of heatstroke cases in dogs, study shows
Mon 03 Aug 2020
Brackenhurst college course student raises £620 for Make a Wish foundation
Wed 22 Jul 2020
Study aims to identify pain in horses from their facial expressions
Wed 22 Jul 2020
Our latest publications
Dually investigated: the effect of a pressure headcollar on the behaviour, discomfort and stress of trained horses
Using zoo welfare assessments to identify common issues in developing country zoos
Demographic changes in UK rescue centre dog population between 2014 and 2018
Evolution of milk oligosaccharides of Carnivora and Artiodactyla: significance of the ratio of oligosaccharides to lactose in milk
Genetic analysis of the endangered Cleveland Bay horse: a century of breeding characterised by pedigree and microsatellite data
Mass balance and surface evolution of the debris-covered Miage Glacier, 1990-2018
Top 10 in the UK for Agriculture, Forestry and Food. (Guardian University Guide 2021).
Top 10 in the UK for Animal Science courses (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
Top 15 in the UK for Food Science courses (Complete University Guide 2021).