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.

 

Becky Pygott (21) of Winn Grove, Middlewood, is studying Animal Care (Horse Studies option) and has selected to spend her work experience helping out at the James Given Racing Stables in Willoughton, Lincolnshire.

 

The stables are themselves well established in the training of race horses with many years’ experience of producing winners.  James Given, a qualified trainer and veterinary surgeon, has owned the stables for three years and currently trains over 70 horses, mainly for flat racing.

 

In October 2001 Jessica’s Dream, a four-year-old bay filly, gave the James Given stables their first group three winner and in November 2001 I Cried For You, a seven-year-old bay gelding, won the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket.

 

“The experience of working at such a prestigious stables is fantastic,” said Becky.  “It is hard work and involves a great deal of feeding and mucking out but I also get to ride and exercise the horses.” 

 

On completion of her First Diploma Becky is hoping to attend racing college. 

 

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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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042       Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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