Bob Goddard – BSc Aquaculture and Fishery Management Graduate
I first heard about Sparsholt College at an angling show. Later when I was looking to retrain, I chose Sparsholt as it is renowned for fisheries courses and I’d read a lot about it in the angling press. I visited on an Open Day and was impressed by the range of facilities. I chose to live in the halls at the University of Winchester because the social life is good and you get to meet lots of different people.
I started on the FdSc course and progressed onto the BSc Top-up. The best thing about the course was the content of the units, the level of teaching and the practical work. We did seine netting and electrofishing off-site as well as fish-rearing on-site. During the second year we spawned catfish eggs in the Aquatic Centre – I don’t think there’s anywhere else you’d get to do this!
During the final year I completed my dissertation on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the development of zebrafish embryos, with the use of the Aquatic Centre for my research. The trial went really well and the support of the lecturers was great, they helped give me a push in the right direction when I needed it and were very encouraging.
During the degree I went on three month-long work experience placements. These placements proved critical in securing my postgraduate job, as contacts made during my placement had worked with my employers in the past.
I’m currently working at Britford fish farm, producing rainbow trout and carp. The role involves fish husbandry tasks such as hatchery work, daily feeding and fish health treatments and fish related maintenance work including vegetation clearing, construction work and pest control. It’s really varied and no two days are the same.