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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.”
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).”
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