Freisha Patel

Freisha

Patel

United Kingdom

More about Freisha

“I decided to study an animal-based subject at university following numerous years of volunteering at my local animal rescue centre, and discovering a passion for animals.

“I chose to study Zoo Biology at NTU based on the description of the course modules, practical experience prospects, links the staff have within the industry, and also my love of zoos.

“Throughout the course, the mix of laboratory, classroom and zoo based study made the course interesting and enjoyable. One of the highlights was our “five zoos in five days” field trip where we were able to experience the specialisms of different zoos. Another highlight was learning how to carry out nutrient and faecal analysis in the university laboratory.

“During the course I chose to do a ‘Diploma in Industrial Studies’ following my second year of study which I completed as a Research Intern at Bristol Zoological Society, Bristol Zoo Gardens. Through this, I gained invaluable experience in a zoo environment and was able to participate in various departments and therefore network and discover job prospects.

“Through networking during this placement I was able to collaborate on a study which resulted in becoming co-author on a published paper. Because of this placement, I felt highly motivated and well equipped with practical experience to complete my final year and consequently gain a first class grade in my degree.

“As an NTU graduate I still receive employability support and advice from supervisors, and have therefore gained roles within an aquarium, as a research assistant, and taken part in voluntary internships across various continents. I am currently employed as a research assistant in human-animal relationships in zoos, which has been a great opportunity and step towards the career I am aiming for.”

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