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Industry Representatives Gather at Hadlow College to Celebrate Animal Management Student Successes

Posted on 25th May 2016 in Animal Management

We welcomed a host of industry representatives to our HE Animal Management Open Afternoon event on 20th May, to celebrate the hard work of our final year students. The event, held at the college’s Animal Management Unit, brought together students, staff and selected attendees from organisations who had provided invaluable support to the degree students in their studies, such as Plantlife, Colchester Zoo, the Pet Industry Federation and the RSPCA. The attendees were able to discuss the students’ final year work in an informal atmosphere.

Commencing with tours of Hadlow’s state-of-the-art Animal Management Unit for industry visitors, the afternoon culminated in a prize-giving ceremony in the lecture theatre for the BSc students, who undertake a dissertation of their choosing culminating in the production of a written report and scientific poster.

Richard Sainsbury, a BSc Animal Management student who won a prize for his study into the impact of solar photovoltaic farms on biodiversity, said: “I came here to support everyone else and honestly didn’t expect to win. I’m really proud of my achievement as the standard is really high, there’s so much competition."

Juliet Dukes, Senior Scientific Officer at the RSPCA, who attended the event, commented: “Some of the student research in these projects is excellent. I’ve also been hugely impressed with the animal welfare at this facility and we’re now looking into the possibility of the College potentially taking on some of the animals we receive.”

Prizes were kindly donated by the supporting organisations and included Bird of Prey experiences at the Hawking Centre, tickets to Wildwood and Kent Mammal Group memberships.

Elizabeth Webb, Hadlow College’s Team Leader in HE Animal and Land Management, commented: “It’s been a fantastic afternoon with some well-deserved winners. We’d like to thank all the organisations who have provided support to the students – they’ve been vital in facilitating the gathering of fascinating data for these research projects, which have enabled the students to realise their theories in a practical, industry context.”

For more information, contact: Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794,

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