Jake Kendall-Ashton – BSc (Hons) Animal Management graduate
I trained as a journalist before working as a news reporter for a press agency. Having decided that hard-line news journalism wasn’t quite what I wanted to do I decided to follow my other passion – nature – which led to me applying for the Animal Management degree course at Sparsholt. Initially my interest was in becoming a zookeeper, but after completing a work placement at the BBC Wildlife Magazine I came to realise that writing is what I love doing, I just needed to write about the subject I enjoy rather than reporting on news.
I very much enjoyed the course at Sparsholt. I was slightly daunted in my first year by how scientific it was, but by the end, however, this was in fact what I enjoyed most about the degree, learning about the biology of a flamingo or the intricate behaviour of a chimpanzee. I would say the biggest advantages of studying at Sparsholt are the fantastic industry links the College and its tutors have as well as the expert level of tuition on offer.
I am now working as a press officer at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. My role is to maximise media outreach for the zoo and ensure the zoo maintains a positive reputation in the public eye.
The dedication, commitment and hard graft required to excel in the degree course can only prove beneficial for careers beyond Sparsholt. As mentioned, the links the College and the tutors have are invaluable and the knowledge about animals, conservation and the natural world I have gathered has proved priceless.