Maisie, Level 3 Animal Management, 1st year. 

From Outwood Academy Foxhills. 

The thing that I enjoy most about the course is having the opportunity to work with all different kinds of animals and knowing what animals I really enjoy working with and one that I don’t like to work with as much. 

I chose Bishop Burton College for the great reputation that it has and from coming to a few open events, it's really helped me to make up my mind.  

The tutors support me by providing help when I need it, and when I don’t quite understand something, they re-explain until it makes sense so that I am able to do work properly. 

In the future, I am hoping to progress onto a university course to help me towards my end goal to become a Zookeeper. 

The best aspect of the course is the opportunities to work with a wide range of animals in the animal unit. The most challenging aspect of the course is finding a way to juggle the work and get things started but once they are started they can be quick to get done and also tutors are there to help if you need any help. 

I gained work experience at a dog groomers. Even though I don't want to become a dog groomer, it has allowed me to learn how to properly wash and dry a dog. As well as transferable skills such as, how to deal with difficult situations with animals, and helped me gain confidence when handling animals.  

During my time at college, I have been on a few different zoo trips, these trips have been great to see animals in a different environment and spend time with your friends that you make there. 

My top tip for starting college is to always bring a power bank and lots of different coloured pens as they really helped me when doing work and making notes.

To find out more about our Animal Management courses, click here. 

Maisie Barnes, Level 3 Animal Management student at Bishop Burton College