BSc (Hons) Animal Management graduate andÂ Research Virologist in livestock
I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at Sparsholt College. During my five years at Sparsholt, I studied for my National Diploma and then went on to study for my BSc (Hons) in Animal Management.
From the first time I visited the College I was extremely impressed with their specialist facilities, particularly the Animal Management Centre, which holds a variety of exotic species from red pandas to bearded dragons, as well as companion animals. The College is also a working farm which provided me with the opportunity to handle farm animals and take part in their lambing days.
The great thing about the Animal Management course is itâ€™s so varied which was ideal for me as I wasnâ€™t sure exactly which area of animal industry I wanted to work in. The small class size meant you could really get to know your lecturers and peers, and them you. This made in-class discussions and asking for support so much easier. All my lecturers were knowledgeable in their respective fields and always more than happy to help with any questions or queries I had.
What I particularly liked about the course was the work placement each year. During my work placements I got the opportunity to work at an animal health laboratory. This work experience then turned into summer jobs and the experience I gained from this was invaluable. It was this experience, combined with my practical experience of handling large farm animals that got me my current job.
Currently I am working as a Research Virologist, specifically focusing on the transmission and detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in livestock. Â My job has enabled me to travel around the world and visit some amazing places. I am now considering expanding my horizons and undertaking a PhD within the animal health sector.
I would thoroughly recommend Sparsholt to anyone wanting to work within the animal industry.