Student Blog - Georgia Whitby, BTEC Level 3 Animal Management
The course I am currently studying is the BTEC Level 3 Animal Management and I am in my second and final year. The secondary school that I previously studied and came from was Archbishop Sentamu Academy.
The thing I like the most about this course at Bishop Burton College is that I am able to get hands-on with a range of species from exotic reptiles, exotic mammals, exotic birds, and a range of different rodents. I also enjoy the many different modules I study that most colleges would not offer such as working on the kennels, dog grooming, and target training the animals. Work experience is also a good aspect of this course as you get an insight into what working with animals is like outside of college campus.
The reason for me choosing to study at this particular college is because I know I can get the suitable qualifications that I need for my chosen career and to progress further in life. Another reason is they offer free transport therefore, I never struggle to attend my lessons and getting into college.
The tutors support me in many different ways such as they give me access to email them if I have any questions or worries, I also have the opportunity to book into assignment support this means a tutor will help me and go through assignments with me during my free time at college if I ever find myself struggling with them. And I can speak to a health and welfare officer if I have more personal issues and/or if my mental health is bad.
Once I graduate from college, I’m going to progress onto higher education where I will study my chosen degree in animal, once I have graduated from higher education, I will then hopefully pursue a career as a zookeeper.
In my opinion, the best aspect of this college is all of the extra-curriculum, hobbies and activities they offer for you to do alongside your course such as rugby, horse riding, voluntary work on the animal unit, the gym and many more.
The most challenging aspect that I had to overcome during my course was handling the exotic snakes, as before I attend college I had a fear of them but luckily my tutors understood and helped me get passed this therefore now I have no fear and are able to handle these species.
The places I’ve been on work experience during my two years at this college are Carr Home Dog Rescue and Haven Vets. My work experience gave me the opportunity to learn new skills such as, how to take care of dogs that are in dog shelters, what medication and treatment are out there for different species of animals and how to apply the treatment. I also learnt how to keep up good hygiene levels when working with animals, for example, cleaning their beds, food bowls, kennels, and the surfaces that they have been on in the consultant rooms.
The trips I and other students have had the opportunity to go on during our course here at Bishop Burton College are Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Flamingo Land. These trips were not only fun and gave me a break from all the college work but they were very educational and it gave me a better insight into wild animals being held captive and what their behaviours were like compared to in their natural habitats in the wild. However, the college does offer more trips then these including visits away for the weekend and weeks.
The top tip that I would give to people starting at this college would be to come prepared, have all the equipment you need for your chosen course as this will not only help you to learn more efficiently, but it will keep you prepared for another academic year and show your tutors that you are ready to learn.