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It has been an exciting few weeks for Animal Management students, who have relished opportunities to learn from industry specialists.

Year 1 students attended an online lecture delivered by representatives from the Blue Cross, and Year 2 students heard two insightful guest lectures to support their module on veterinary nursing.

The first was delivered by Catherine Hunn from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, a charity providing free and low-cost treatments to pets in need. The second was delivered by Rachel Richardson from the Renew Centre, a specialist veterinary practice that mainly treats and rehabilitates injured working dogs. Rachel discussed the process of diagnosing and treating dogs using specialist equipment and techniques such as stem cell therapy, MRI and acupuncture. Rachel was joined by her three border terriers who helped demonstrate some of the diagnostic techniques.

The students also enjoyed a visit to the Wildplace Project in Bristol to aid their study of zoological collections. This is the home of the Bristol Zoological society, which is a conservation and education charity dedicated to saving wildlife. Their main aim is to inspire visitors to protect wildlife and habitats, delivery of education and research and to enable hands on conservation action in the wild.

It is home to some really exciting animals with the bear wood enclosure being the star of the show with bears, wolves, lynxes and wolverines. The students attended interesting talks around the zoo in the bear wood, giraffe house and the lemur walkthrough.

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