Rabbits, snakes and geckos were just some of the visitors welcomed during the recent opening of the College's new Animal Care Centre. The Centre was opened by College Principal and CEO, Lee Probert and Nando Brown and Jo-Rosie Haffenden from Channel 4’s ‘Rescue Dog to Super Dog’.
The provision, based at the award winning South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA), now offers an onsite Animal Care Centre housing mammals - such as rabbits, mice and chinchillas - and exotic species, including tortoises, snakes and bearded dragons.
In the industry-standard facilities, the College offers Animal Care and Animal Management, along with other land-based programmes such as horticulture and floristry.
After looking around the new Animal Care Centre, Nando Brown and Jo-Rosie Haffenden said: “What a fantastic venue! When working with animals, education is key. All too often I come across owners who don’t know enough about basic animal care and they miss key signs and behaviours.”
Jo-Rosie continued: “Teaching the next generation the core elements of animal care is vital. It’s not just about learning the theory; hands-on experience and practice is fundamental to successfully work in the animal care industry. This facility offers students the opportunity to gain the vital skills that they’ll need to work effectively with animals.”
Amanda Corbett, Learning Leader for Animal and Horticulture, commented: “Our animal care and management courses offer theoretical and practical study, giving the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the animal care sector. This was a fantastic event and we’re delighted to celebrate this new facility. ”
Lee Probert, Principal and CEO at City of Bristol College, said: “The new Animal Care Centre provides industry-standard facilities, which will enable students to gain the skills and qualifications they need to get a job in this field. The industry-standard equipment will help to prepare our students for their next steps into work or further study and it’s great to see the progress students are already making. ”
Animal Care and Animal Management courses at City of Bristol College offer students the opportunity to focus on the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare to build a career in the Animal Care industry.
To find out more, visit the College’s next open event on 21 February at Ashley Down.