Jo is the college-level Animal Management lecturer at Brackenhurst. She has a BSc (Hons) in Bio veterinary Science and before she came to Brackenhurst, she worked as an FE Animal Management Lecturer for Hadlow College in Canterbury.
Jo loves the subjects she teaches, because they are so diverse and modules are taught across a broad range of topics – including practical husbandry, biology, behavior and genetics and course content covers a broad range of species.
Jo would suggest studying at Brackenhurst because of the wide array of opportunities available to learners. The 200-hectare site is not only a beautiful setting in which to learn, but gives students the chance to work with wild / domestic species in ways, which would be limited elsewhere.
Jo has worked in a broad range of voluntary placements including veterinary surgeries and animal rescue centers. In 2010 she spent part of the year volunteering in a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in South Africa, and had the benefit of working closely with a broad array of rescued wild species (including monkeys, baboons, ostriches and meerkats).
Jo then went on to work as an animal care assistant for the RSPCA Canterbury and District animal centre for a number of years. The centre specialized in the rescue and rehoming of cats and she was involved in every aspect of their care, from daily feeding/cleaning/medicating to behavior assessing and socializing to matching-up animals with their adoptive families.