Animal magic lures college students to rural college campus – FE News

ANIMAL MAGIC and the material comfort of learning closer to home have drawn students to a college-level university center.

Coleg Cambria’s HNCs and HNDs in Animal Management have been acclaimed for the hands-on experience and tailored teaching offered at its scenic location in Northop, Flintshire.

Program manager Sadie Thackaberry said the college’s links to industry and modern facilities – including the bustling small animal center – have led graduates to ecology internships and a wide range of jobs. , including zookeepers and RSPCA social welfare officers.

“Our students work with around 100 different species from around the world including native livestock breeds and a variety of invertebrates, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals and from next year we will introduce alpacas and a cane toad,” she said. .

“Because students are close to the animals and participate in in-depth theory sessions, this holistic approach provides a unique perspective on the care and management of these amazing creatures.

“Of course there is the academic element to the qualifications we offer, but being part of a real, real-time environment better prepares them for their future careers.”

Having such a wide selection of species and subjects also gives the learner the opportunity to find a setting that works for them.

“It allows us to provide a more tailored offering tailored to their passions and interests,” Sadie said.

“For some it may be cattle, others lizards and exotic birds; there is no one-size-fits-all approach and it gave the students a much more enjoyable experience.

She added: “As we return to a more personal and close way of working after the pandemic, we are starting to introduce site visits and guest speakers, which have been a major USP in recent years, as well as assessments. and practical reports.

“But one thing we will keep – which has worked well during lockdown – is the virtual and remote element of the course, which has allowed us to be more flexible and bring in some of the biggest international names in protection. animals, wherever they are in the world.

“An example was Professor Raj Sekhar Aich, who joined us from India to discuss his acclaimed book on white sharks and cage diving – a fascinating highlight for all of us.”

As more students choose to study closer to home after months of self-isolation, Sadie says Northop’s openness and relaxed atmosphere has provided them with an alternative to the bustle of university life.

“Attitudes have changed, that’s the feedback we’ve had, and you can see that in multiple sectors,” she added.

“Mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever, as is pastoral care and support, which is why more and more people are turning to Coleg Cambria.

“Being here among these amazing animals is like another world, it’s an escape and a chance to navigate your chosen path to your future – this independence and guidance has made college-level classes here more popular than ever.”

The HND can be studied over two years full-time or four years part-time and offers modules on animal behavior in society; Anatomy and Physiology; Companies and business environment; Breeding; Ecological principles, anthropozoology and wildlife conservation.

For more information, visit the website www.cambria.ac.uk and follow the Northop Animal Care Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/animalcareNorthop.

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