12th April 2002




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.


Lucy Patterson (17) of Beccelm Drive, Crowland, is studying Animal Care and has selected to spend her work experience helping out at the Exotic Pet Refuge near Deeping St. James.


The refuge, which adopts abandoned and unwanted animals, has everything from eagle owls and iguanas to monkeys, lynx and wallabies.


“Working with such a diverse range of animals is a fantastic opportunity,” said Lucy.  “I am learning first-hand about the many and varied requirements of each animal. I’ve also met some famous animals like Sammy, the bat which appeared in the Harry Potter film.”


On completion of her First Diploma in Animal Care Lucy 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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For more information, or to request a photograph, contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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