15th April 2002

 

ANIMAL CARE STUDENTS PUT TRAINING TO WORK

 

Animal Care students from the University of Lincoln are spending the next five weeks converting their course work into hands-on experience.

 

Altogether 40 students from Lincolnshire School of Agriculture are taking up work placements at locations throughout Lincolnshire including zoos, veterinary surgeries, farms, game estates and forestry companies.

 

The group, which includes students on a variety of First Diplomas from Animal Care to Horticulture, are required to spend 200 hours on work experience as part of their course.

 

Amanda Fenner (18) of Saxon Close, Spalding, is studying Animal Care and has selected to spend her work experience helping out at the Ingleside Cat Shelter at Quadring.

 

The cat shelter, which adopts abandoned, unwanted and injured animals, is currently caring for over 60 indoor and outdoor cats with the assistance of donations from the public.

 

Rosemary, the cat shelter owner, said: “I have two of the school’s students with me at the moment.  Amanda is on work experience and Jenna is studying for her NVQ, but both are learning how the business operates from taming feral cats to the administration of donations.”

 

On completion of her First Diploma in Animal Care Amanda is hoping to progress on to the National Diploma at the School’s Riseholme Park in September.  

 

Tracy Webb, course leader for Animal Care and Horse Studies, said: “The work experience is an important aspect of the course.  It leads to future job opportunities and creates important links with the industry.”

 

If you would like further information regarding the any of the courses please contact Lincolnshire School of Agriculture on 01522 522252.

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