Writtle University College recently held a special event for Year 10 and 11 students thinking about taking an Animal Studies course. Fang-tastic Beasts and How to Care For Them gave them the opportunity to get involved in fun activities while finding out more about studying at the college. They carved pumpkins for the animals to eat, climb through, play with or just destroy, providing entertaiment and a novel opportunities to exhibit their natural behaviours. Students were also introduced to handling and care techniques for snakes, lizards, cockroaches and tarantulas as well as rats, mice, ferrets and hedgehogs.
Tamzin Mills, Lecturer in Animal Studies, said 'This was a great opportunity to introduce the 14- to 16-year olds to all the amazing facilities that the University College has to offer on our Animal Unit, where we care for in excess of 700 animals, from guinea pigs and ponies to emu and capybara'. The animal courses at Writtle University College provide students with all the relevant practical skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career in a variety of animal-related industries. There is a wide range of species on campus including reptiles, companion animals, birds, livestock, aquatic and exotic animals. This gives students a strong level of practical experience and fully prepares them for real-life situations when entering the world of work. Writtle is a member of National Land Based College, a Countryside Classroom partner.