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Steven is on the 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management Level 3
90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management Level 3
“I’ve been passionate about reptiles my whole life. Now, quarter of my bedroom is cornered off for exotics. Apparently, when I was little, my mum bought me a toy dinosaur which I was obsessed with and then, over time, that grew into a passion for reptiles.
I was lucky enough to secure some work experience at Exmoor Zoo, and became friends with Stephen Eddy, the education officer. He advised me that I should get some qualifications under my belt if I wanted to pursue a career in this industry, so I enrolled on the course at Petroc.
Although I’ve always known a lot about reptiles, I didn’t really have any experience with fury animals. The course has given me this experience and I am now much more knowledgeable about a vast array of animals, not just reptiles.
There’s a really good selection of animals here at college and each animal group has its own room, which is something not a lot of other colleges have.
In my spare time I volunteer at Exmoor Zoo as part of their education team. I help Stephen with demonstrations and get involved in answering questions and helping people overcome their phobias of certain animals.
When I finish college I’d like to go to university. At the moment I’m still looking at different courses, but I think I’d like to study herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles).”