Animal Management: Learning By Doing
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
Benjamin Franklin's maxim is very apt for a subject like Animal Management, in which the 'hands on' approach is crucial.
Many students have an affinity with animals and are therefore already well-motivated to develop their knowledge and skills in this subject. As a result, the success rate has been very high.
"If proof of this were needed, you only have to look at the value-added scores, the examination grades achieved above those which were predicted," says Mr Juniper the Head of Animal Management, "they have been outstanding."
'Hands on' practicalities aren't just confined to work assignments in the Animal Unit. There are also regular lessons at nearby Drusillas Park zoo, visits to local farms and the excitement of participating in the annual three-day conference for Britain's zoo keepers, held at differing locations each year.
There are chances too for other Bede's students to become involved. Large numbers volunteer to 'handle and help' during the afternoon Activity sessions and individual boarders, perhaps missing home and their pets, can benefit as well from direct contact with the animals.
Employment prospects in this domain are good. For example, there are opportunities in the veterinary world, in agriculture and game keeping, animal conservation and zoos, the police, the armed forces, animal rescue centres, medical research and marine biology.
As Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."