New Chapter for Wakefield’s Animal Management Students
Date: 27th June 2018
Staff and students at Askham Bryan College's Wakefield centre are looking forward to beginning the new academic year in a new home.
From September, animal management courses will be based in the heart of the city, giving easy access to transport and other facilities, with practical studies still taking place in the state of the art Animal Management Centre and Wildlife Park at the college's main York campus. In addition students are able to work with the exciting collections belonging to industry partners, including at Flamingo Land.
Jo Richards, Curriculum Director Animal Management & Equine said: “This marks the start of a new era for our Wakefield-based students, maintaining all the existing advantages of being based in the city together with new opportunities for new courses from our new base.”
Askham Bryan College is renowned for the excellence of its animal management education and for almost two decades young people have been able to study from entry level through to BSc Honours degrees. The extensive array of animals, large and small, available for student study is unmatched in the region. Students have access to the extensive array of animals in the impressive £6.8m Animal Management Centre with its range of world-wide habitats and the Wildlife Park. The two are home to over 150 species, plus there is the college's farm livestock, the equine centre, on-site kennels, cattery, and dedicated grooming parlour.
Amongst students looking forward to the move is Amelia Hegarty of Alverthorpe, Wakefield who returns in September for the second year of her Level 3 course in Animal Management. Seventeen year old Amelia has her sights firmly set on becoming a zoo keeper or working in an animal sanctuary.
“The Askham Bryan course is the best thing ever – it's amazing and has more than lived up to my expectations. The staff have been so supportive and given me every opportunity” says Amelia. “I enjoy the theory side and being hands-on with the animals is great, both at York and at Flamingoland. I'm looking forward to moving to the new premises – we're all excited for it.”
Ms Richards explained: “Our students are able to work with many of our exotic creatures - everything from meerkats to lemurs and from wallabies to sugar gliders. And when it comes to getting a taste of the workplace, our long-standing partnerships, with organisations such as FlamingoLand, add a valuable dimension in widening student experience. This means our young people have a massive advantage when it comes to their aspirations and realising their career ambitions.”
As well as the Level 2 and Level 3 animal management courses, students wanting to top up their Maths and English qualifications can do so at Wakefield too, with specialist staff teaching all aspects of the various courses and all travel to the York campus is free.
Ms Richards said: “We have been based at Wakefield College for a number of years but that partnership comes to an end next month (July) as we are keen to expand our provision from a convenient city centre base. This is a new chapter for us and a great opportunity to continue inspiring the next generation who are keen to have fun whilst pursuing their studies towards a career in this diverse and fascinating sector.”