Animal Care students helping the community
18 students from our Canterbury site recently spent two days (working one day each) at the Happy Endings Rescue Centre in Faversham as part of their Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based (Animal Care) course.
The main aim over the two days was assisting the staff with preparations for their open day on 30th and 31st March. Tasks included repainting a large stable block area and some chicken arks, washing windows, mucking out animals, litter picking and generally making the paddocks look more presentable. The students worked tirelessly and without complaint, stopping for a short picnic at lunch time.
It was a great opportunity for the students to gain hands on experience centred around their animal care knowledge; cleaning, handling and working with the animals. The chance to work in the industry also helped the students to build on their team working and communication skills.
Happy Endings were grateful for our help and had a very successful open day:
We just wanted to thank you and your wonderful students for the work they did for us this week. It has made such a difference to the appearance of the place. We really appreciate the time and effort they gave us. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to them and the supervisors who supported them. I hope they got something helpful from the days and that we can arrange similar days in the future.
Debbie and the Happy Endings Rescue team
One student commented:
I think we made a big difference to the rescue centre because we saved them a lot of money and they appreciated the work we did. I felt good at the end of the day because I worked very hard and I felt like I made a difference at the rescue centre. I also felt very tired as I was on my feet most of the day. I am glad that I went to the Happy Endings centre because it’s good to see that places like that take care of the animals.
Luke Boothman LBSA
The students enjoyed the day and felt they had made a big difference to the rescue centre. At least one student has been offered additional work experience and we hope to repeat the trip in the future.