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University Centre Reaseheath

Zoe Thompson

BSc (Hons) Animal Management Behaviour & Welfare (Top-up)

“I’m incredibly happy because I’ve achieved my first paid job in the zoo industry. Becoming a permanent keeper is a big step forward – and shows that hard work and persistence really does pay off!”

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Zoo Keeper, Drayton Manor Theme Park

“I support all the zoo sections so I work across the collection apart from the big cats. It’s really varied and I’m learning so much. I’ve always been fascinated by primates but I’m developing a real interest in reptiles – which proves that you should always keep your options open! I use the transferable skills and knowledge I gained at UCR all the time.

“I completed my Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare elsewhere but studied for my top-up at Reaseheath because I wanted to progress and enjoy new experiences. It gave me the opportunity to explore my passion and strengths and to identify and focus on what I wanted to achieve.

“I loved being a UCR undergraduate. I enjoyed the social life, joined societies and enjoyed listening to great guest speakers. Best of all, the lecturers are inspirational, knowledgeable and supportive.

“I chose to study media as part of my course and made a video for primary school children which was published on the uni website. Being able to show versatile skills like this has been great for my CV and could lead to opportunities in public engagement.

“We were also encouraged to gain hands-on experience and make connections, which are so essential when job hunting. I organised a work placement at Drayton Manor and volunteered at several wildlife parks. It worked for me!” 

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