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Leah studied the Extended Technical Diploma in Animal Management.
My journey first started in 2018 when I began to study Animal Care at Petroc, I knew I had a passion and love for animals but I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college. The units we have been taught over the 2 years have all been exciting and intriguing as I learnt something new every day. My favourite part was the duties sessions, where I was able to handle the wide range of animals that live at the Animal Centre on-site; from Jack the Corn Snake to the African Pygmy Goats. Like most other students, I was very nervous to begin my studies at Petroc but I was always reassured by the lecturers as they provided help and support with my assignments and assessments. This course helped me secure my dream career path which is Veterinary Nursing which I will be going to study at Hartpury University in September. My desire to study Veterinary Nursing sparked as we studied the unit, covering a lot of content which I could never imagine myself knowing. My goal after university is to specialise in Farm Veterinary Nursing, as I completed work experience on a farm and enjoyed every minute.
Sally studied Level 3 Animal Care and Management.
Why did you choose to come to Petroc?I chose to come to Petroc because I lived nearby, it had the course I wanted to do and seemed like a friendly environment.
And what made you pick this particular course?I chose to study Animal Care because I have always had an interest in animal welfare. Growing up with all kinds of animals, I knew I wanted a career caring for them and learning more about individual topics. The course sounded amazing and a great opportunity to achieve my dream job.
Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?I particularly enjoyed duties and my work experience placement. This was the part of the course where you got hands on with the animals down at the centre, some of the animals were ones that I'd never seen before. My work experience placement was at The Big Sheep where I learnt more about farm animals and their needs.
What have been the highlights so far?I would have to say that the highlights of the course were the trips that were on offer, we went to a number of zoos learning about enclosures, natural behaviours, welfare and breeding and conservation programmes. These trips gave us the opportunity to use the knowledge we had learnt in our assignments. The trips were enjoyable and very well organised.
What did you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?I most enjoyed the college environment, friendly teaching staff, the course, and making new friends.
What’s the long-term plan?I hope to always have a future with animals. It would be my dream to do some kind of conservation work abroad, as my way to give back and care for our planet whilst going on an adventure.
Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?I would recommend the course to anyone with the desire to work with animals. This course is a great starting point and can get you into university to further your career in the animal industry.
Wendy Kenney is studying Level 3 Dog Grooming at our North Devon campus.
Wendy KenneyStudying: Level 3 Dog GroomingCampus: North Devon
“I have always loved dogs and used to groom my own dogs. Because I was made redundant and I was quite unwell, I wanted to do something I enjoyed.
“It takes me two hours on the bus from Tiverton, and 20 minutes to get to Tiverton. I’m doing it because I love the course. Wendy, my lecturer, has taught me so much. She’s lovely.
“I have set up my own business. I decided I wanted to start grooming and I would not have been able to do that without the college. For my Level 2 I got funded and for Level 3 I have had a bursary and a student finance loan. I bought my equipment with that and I have got a shed converted in my garden. I groom a couple of dogs a week.
“It’s very therapeutic for me. I have mental health problems and being out there with my dogs and being at college, it makes it so much easier. It’s a therapy. I want to continue along that road.”
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