16th April 2002

 

STUDENT TRACY HORSES AROUND

 

A Gainsborough Animal Care student is spending the next few weeks horsing around as part of her course.

 

Tracy Haggar, who is studying for her First Diploma in Animal Care at Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, is currently gaining her work experience at Bransby Home of Rest for Horses.

 

The home, near Lincoln, was started as a registered charity in 1968.  It owns around 500 acres and cares for over 280 horses, ponies, donkeys and goats which are sent to them by the RSPCA, police and rescue centres all across the country.

 

Pet Rescue, Channel 4’s animal rescue programme, are regular visitors to the home and viewers may have spotted Tracy on last Thursday’s episode helping to bath the large, and not so friendly, Billy goat. 

 

Tracy (16), of Wellington Street, Gainsborough, said: “I have been working here on Saturdays for while now before I came on work experience.  I have been allocated my own stables to look after which involves mucking out, feeding, grooming and administering medicine.  I also have to assist the farrier when he attends. It is very hard work but the staff are great and I really enjoy it.”

 

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.

 

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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