UCR - University Centre Reaseheath
University Centre Reaseheath

Matt Cruxton

Foundation Degree Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)

BSc (Hons) in Zoo Management 

Matt Cruxton

Animal Keeper, Reaseheath Zoo

“I’ve spent six years at Reaseheath College and at UCR.  Each year has been surprisingly different but I’ve enjoyed every minute and feel I’ve achieved a lot.”

“The experiences I’ve had will shape my future life. After my Level 2 course I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on an amazing trip with students from other colleges organised through my lecturers. After my Level 3 I went on a working trip with Reaseheath students to Namibia, where we cared for cheetahs, leopards and lions in a sanctuary and carried out field work such as tracking and surveying.

“During my degree I volunteered at Reaseheath’s zoo and became a part-time keeper. It was an invaluable opportunity for hands-on experience with a BIAZA collection and helped me get my first class hons degree. It also cemented my decision to become a zoo keeper, ideally specialising in primates or carnivores.

“I also lived in to make the most of the social life and to get a real uni experience – there’s always something going on!”