Katie studied our BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management and progressed onto our BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology course.
Why I chose this course
“I love animals and I love science, so the option to study animal management and animal science was perfect!
Strengths and highlights of the course
“One of the main strengths of this course is the range of diverse subjects covered. We explored exotic animal management, kennel and cattery management, animal nursing, animal handling and biochemistry to name a few. Eighteen different subjects were covered in total during the course.
A key highlight of the animal management course is that a lot of animal handling is carried out to assist learning and duties are also compulsory on the animal unit (as part of the course) which allows students more time working with animals and experience working within an animal related environment.
Work experience placements
“Work experience was required as part of one of the modules, I completed a weeks work experience on the animal unit at Brackenhurst and three weeks work experience in two veterinary practices. There is also the option to go on a field trip for two weeks in Mauritius to volunteer on continued research projects NTU is involved in on the island of Ill Aux Aigrettes. I went on this trip during my first year on the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree and found it beneficial for learning about field research and conservation. Students are given a certificate in endangered species recovery after completion of the field trip.
Outside of college and university I volunteered with the Orangutan Foundation for just over six weeks in Borneo. I have also done some volunteering in the BUGS (biodiversity underpinning global survival) department at ZSL London Zoo and helped out on one of their ‘Friendly Spider Programmes’ for the day. Additionally I went to Peru for two months to conduct research on dung beetles in the Peruvian Amazon and this data was used for my dissertation project.
Lecturers have been really supportive
“Our lecturers have been brilliant and are always more than willing to support and help us with all aspects of our courses. Should students require assistance non-course related then lecturer’s will point them to the relevant staff/departments.
I would recommend the course to others
“I would definitely recommend both the courses that I have done at Brackenhurst to others; I have really enjoyed studying at Nottingham Trent University. If you are willing to put the work and effort in then go for it!
“I have always been interested in becoming a teacher/lecturer and this was confirmed when I was studying the animal management BTEC – I wanted to teach animal science and still do!
I applied for and have been offered a place on the PGCE post-compulsory (post graduate certificate in education) course at Nottingham Trent University."
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