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Sustainable Animal Sciences


In the minor programme Sustainable Animal Science the foundation for animal scientific professionals with a distinctive profile in a sustainable animal husbandry is formed. In a group project an active contribution is made to ‘real-life’ innovations in cooperation with partners from the sector of animal husbandry or animal sciences.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

Modern animal husbandry faces plural challenges. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has formulated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Dutch government strives to the implementation of a circular agricultural system. Similarly different societal organisations put effort in the protection of a high animal welfare of our (domestic) animals and the reduction of test animal usage in scientific research, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) campaign against the loss of biodiversity and zoo parcs play an important role in the conservation of endangered species. The common goal is a sustainable life with our animals.

Within a sustainable animal husbandry it is essential that animal health and welfare are secured. Animal scientific professionals must have profound knowledge of the physiological processes that are at the base of a good health and welfare of our animals. An integral approach of (preventive) animal health, animal nutrition, housing and natural behaviour of the animal herein is essential. 

In this minor programme praxis-based applied research is combined with literature study and stakeholder conversations, resulting in a theoretical profound and practical applicable advice. Furthermore every student works on an individual study to an animal scientific topic of own choice, in which insight is gained in the physiological processes that are at the base of a good animal health and welfare.

Supportive to the performance of the individual study, the student receives coaching from a lecturer with experience in animal science, the student meets professionals from the sector during guest lectures and excursions and the student follows supportive courses in which attention is paid to the professional development of competences concerning giving advice, societal education and a constructive participation in the public debate. Furthermore the student can proactively ask for guidance from the broad expert panel of HAS green academy and the partners from the sector to come to a theoretical profound answer on the phrased research question. 

Learning goals

After completing this programme:

  • You are able to perform an individual study to an animal scientific topic.
  • You know how to use the Animal Welfare Quality Eye on relevant topics such as (preventive) animal health, animal nutrition, housing and natural behaviour.
  • You know how to place your gained knowledge of the animal biology in the context of innovations contributing to a sustainable animal husbandry in the line of the ‘One Health’ principal.
  • You are able to combine praxis-based applied research with literature study and stakeholder conversations to formulate a profound and applicable advice concerning a sustainability problem.
  • You have developed the following other skills: giving advice, societal education and constructive participation in the public debate. 

After the minor

Many companies in the animal sector act as an initiator of valuable innovations and herein they are continuously searching for cooperation with professionals with an animal scientific background, who cherish a sustainable animal husbandry. Furthermore also in society the need for education and advice on sustainable related topics increases.

Innovations in the animal sector contribute to the reduction of a negative impact on the (intensive) animal husbandry, of which the development of antimicrobial resistance as a result of antibiotic usage, the constant threat of plural zoonotic diseases and the emission of CO2 and nitrogen gasses, are relevant examples.

Practical information

Practical information on the minor Sustainable Animal Sciences at HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: February - July
  • Eligibility: third year bachelor degree programme
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements

  • The student has demonstrable experience in performing animal research (e.g. from earlier educational research projects or work experience) and/or the motivation to competent his-/herself herein.
  • The student has demonstrable experience in interpreting / analyzing research results and using relevant scientific publications.
  • The student is motivated to competent his-/herself in working with extensive datasets and the performance of data-analyses.
  • The student has an independent and proactive working attitude and is prepared to cooperate with other students in a group research project.
  • The student is expected to have English listening and reading skills at level B2, and speaking and writing skills at level B1. (more information can be found via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Students from outside HAS green academy are most welcome to join in the minor. After registration the minor coordinator will contact the student to discuss the student’s current knowledge level and motivation for participation.

How to apply for an exchange programme, minor or specialisation

If your university is an exchange partner of HAS green academy you can apply for an exchange period at the International Office of your own university.

If you are from an institution without an agreement with HAS green academy, please get in touch with Loes Rosenberg at studentexchange@has.nl.

5 steps to apply

1. Apply for an exchange period

Please apply for an exchange period at the International Office at your home institution
(note: only when your home institution is an exchange partner of HAS green academy)

Partner institutions
2. Be nominated

The International Office of your home institution will nominate you as an exchange student at HAS green academy.


How to be nominated

Students can be nominated by sending an email to studentexchange@has.nl.

Please include:

  • the name,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • e-mail,
  • period and
  • the programme the student wishes to apply for.
3. Info about application

After we have received your nomination, we will send you the information regarding your application at HAS (important deadlines, application form, required documents etc.).

4. Complete the application

Once we have received your (complete) application before the application deadline we will start to process it.

5. Status application and admission

After the application deadline you will be informed about the status of your application and admission at HAS green academy.

Nomination & application deadlines

Semester 1

  • Starting date studies
    28 August 2022
  • Nomination deadline
    April 2022
  • Application deadline
    May 2022

Semester 2

  • Starting date studies
    February 2023
  • Nomination deadline
    October 2022
  • Application deadline
    November 2022

Please note that it’s not needed to wait for these deadlines to apply. If you already know you would like to apply at HAS green academy, it’s possible to do this at an earlier stage.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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