Fang-tastic beasts and how to care for them!

Writtle University College is holding a ghoulishly good event in time for Halloween for students thinking about taking an Animal Studies course.

Fang-tastic Beasts and How to Care For Them will give Year 10 and 11 students the opportunity to get involved in some frightfully fun activities while finding out more about studying here.

The experience day is being held on Monday 23 October from 10am to 3pm at the Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies.

Activities include

· Pumpkin-carving enrichment - Making some petrifying pumpkins for the animals to eat, climb through, play with or just destroy, to entertain them and to give them novel opportunities to exhibit their natural behaviours. Pumpkins are harmless to most animals so they will be made for a wide variety of the species here, from our rabbits and chickens to our snakes, racoon dogs and Coati. The animals will have a smashing time!

· Reptile and small animal handling – We will be making the most of the spooky season and introducing the young people to handling and care techniques of snakes, lizards, cockroaches and tarantulas as well as rats, mice, ferrets and hedgehogs (while emphasising the importance of checking bonfires for sleepy hedgehogs on bonfire night).

Tamzin Mills, Lecturer in Animal Studies, said: “We are looking forward to introducing the 14 to 16 year olds to all of the amazing facilities that the University College has to offer on our Animal Unit, where we care for in excess of 700 animals, from Guinea Pigs and ponies to Emu and Capybara.

“The event will help young people increase their knowledge of handling their own animals whilst enabling them to experience diverse opportunities for future study. Please watch out for our next events - Egg-citing Adventures and Furry Fun!”

The animal courses at Writtle University College provide students with all the relevant practical skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career in a variety of animal-related industries.

There is a wide range of species on-campus including reptiles, companion animals, birds, livestock, aquatic and exotic animals. This gives students a strong level of practical experience and fully prepares them for 'real-life' situations when entering the world of work.

· Find out more about our range of Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Animal Care for school leavers at http://Writtle.ac.uk/FE-Animal-Care

· Booking is essential for the event. Please visit Eventbrite to secure your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fang-tastic-beasts-and-how-to-care-for-them-tickets-38430184717





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