Conservation career awaits animal lover Abbey

Our Careers and Welfare Team helped Abbey find her dream career after change of heart.

Animal Management student Abbey Shaw wants to help take care of the country’s top wildlife hotspots after completing her BTEC Extended Diploma with an amazing D*D*D*.

Abbey started the course with the aim of becoming a veterinary nurse, but after changing her focus to conservation and environmental management, the College’s Careers and Welfare Team helped her to plan her new dream.

Abbey said:

I would recommend the College because of how career-focused it is. I found the employability sessions were very helpful.

"At the start of the course, I wanted to be a veterinary nurse but changed my mind halfway through. Now, I would like to work in conservation within the UK, specifically in areas that once had lots of biodiversity, working to increase and maintain that. The employability sessions really helped me to explore career options within conservation and research what I needed to achieve that goal.”

She added: “When I came for the open day at The Manchester College, I was impressed with the Animal Care department. I met a lot of the animals and the facilities that I saw were very good.

“For my course in particular, I would say the balance between theory and practical work was very well balanced, and I enjoyed working with all the different animals.”

After thoroughly enjoying her Animal Science course, Abbey has eyes on a traineeship in Conservation and Environmental Management after she secures her driving licence, while also continuing her volunteer work with the Manchester National Trust volunteers.

You can find out more about our Centre of Excellence for Animal Care and apply today.

Abbey Shaw

Level 3 Animal Management