Keavy McGrath

Keavy

McGrath

United Kingdom
In my first year I really enjoyed all the practical aspects involved with the Exotic Animal Management module as it was a great opportunity to get more experience with a range of species.

More about Keavy

“I chose this course because I absolutely love animals and it has been a great way to further my knowledge and experiences.

“It is based at a brilliant campus with some great opportunities and facilities. Nottingham Trent University also has a great student community.

“BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology is a great course if you have a passion for animals and want to learn more about them. You get to earn some hands on experience in handling a range of species in first year, which is really helpful.

“You also get to learn a lot about why animals do certain things and relate this to their anatomy and physiology, which I found very interesting. On top of this you get to learn about the ‘behind the scenes’ of working in a zoo including laws and legislations, systems and zoo and habitat design.

“In my first year I really enjoyed all the practical aspects involved with the Exotic Animal Management module as it was a great opportunity to get more experience with a range of species. As well as this, the Biological Basis of Behaviour module in second year has also been great as it helps you understand why animals perform specific behaviours and how it relates to their anatomical and physiological features.

“This course will teach you a great amount of new knowledge to help you understand the workings of animals. It’s incredibly interesting and presents you with so many new opportunities such as trips to lots of different zoos and trips abroad that you would probably never do otherwise.

“I am going on placement next year and have so far organised a two-month placement at the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland- I can’t wait. I am also planning to spend some time in an aquarium as well as potentially a husky sledding ranch in Canada. Alongside this I am spending three weeks in Madagascar as part of a university organised trip which can be counted as part of my placement.

“When I graduate I would like to work in a conservation role, either out in the field or in a zoo, although I’m still not 100% sure!

“I think a lot of the skills I have learnt on the course are transferable. I am also a student ambassador and work in our Orangery, which has given me a lot more self-confidence and improved my communication skills.

“On top of this, the things I have learnt on my course such as the scientific and practical knowledge will definitely be transferable to any type of work, either practically with animals, in education or laboratory based research.”

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