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Posted: 20/12/22

Seasons' greetings and animal meetings

Youngsters joined West Nottinghamshire College’s animal care unit at the weekend for some fundraising and festive cheer, while discovering how the students care for its diverse range of creatures.

  • Eliana Smith, 9 and Chloe Baines, 8, with rabbits Marshmallow and Sherbert
  • Joe Copestake introduced daughter Emilia, 1, to the rabbits
  • Guinea pigs Twix and Bounty in their home
  • Student Jaimie Berrisford with Chicken, the cornsnake
  • Many of the children, like Jack, showed no fear handling the reptiles
  • Greetings cards were on sale to bring in the funds for Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre
  • Animal care student Oliver Wigglesworth with Billy the hamster, showed families around the unit
  • Cousins Alex Stone and Jessica Lowe, both 8, enjoyed their time meeting animals in the unit
  • Eliana Smith loved the soft feel of Edith the chinchilla
  • Tabby Hammond-Morris with one of the geckos
  • Level 3 animal care students Katie Tyers and Alisha Waterfall were just some of the students who led the tours
  • Jack Bingham, 7, holding Ursula the uromastyx
  • Lacey Schofield was delighted to meet both the furry and the scaly animals
  • Staff and students made the animal unit look very festive
  • Four-year-old Lacey Schofield was thrilled to handle the cuddly rabbit
  • Emilia Copestake investigated Primrose the guinea pig's ears
  • Twelve-year-old Brandon Hopkins visited with his brother Samuel who works at the college

Students on the Level 3, year 2 Animal Care programme welcomed members of staff’s children on a special tour of the unit on Saturday (17 December), where they could handle animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, snakes, bearded dragons and more.

For a small donation, families were able to sit in the festive grotto and pose for photographs with their favourite animals and then learn more about the animals’ habitats, nutrition and care, thanks to the students, who are studying to go on to work with animals in vets’ surgeries, kennels, farm parks or to go on to university for higher education.

Students were on-hand to introduce the children to the different rooms in which the animals live, describing how they are cared for, what they like to eat and how to maintain their habitats, which are all part of their studies at the college.

Meanwhile, the Christmas grotto was open for parents to take their children for photographs cuddling the animals. And it wasn’t just the furry creatures who were handled. The children were introduced to a range of reptiles such as the bearded dragons, corn snake, uromastyx and geckos.

Parents and children could purchase greetings cards featuring the animals in their festive settings, with donations all going to the Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre based in Blidworth. A total of £84.52 was raised through card sales and donations.

Animal care teacher Francesca Hammond said: “The students wanted to do some fundraising for local dog rescue Jerry Greens, and after some brainstorming we decided to run an open day of the unit and showcase some of our awesome animals!

“Their qualification is technically demanding so the fun of imparting some of their knowledge onto the younger generation was really rewarding for them. I am incredibly proud of them all. Moving forward we are looking at doing numerous other open events at the animal unit and opening it up to more people.”