Volunteering – Walkden Sixth Form Centre

Where: Walkden Sixth Form Centre, Walkden. Lancashire. When? July 2015 – July 2016. I began working at Walkden Sixth Form Centre in the animal unit shortly after the completion of my 2 year Animal Care and Management Diploma, in which I proudly received a D*D*D* qualification. My roles at the college consisted of basic animalContinue reading “Volunteering – Walkden Sixth Form Centre”

Chester Zoo 31/05/2019

I’ve been a regular, proud visitor of Chester Zoo from an early age. I became introduced to the Zoo during fulfilling and memorable family visits as I grew and developed and learned more about a variety of different animal species. I distinctively recall standing in awe, gazing at the towering Giraffes and becoming mesmerised byContinue reading “Chester Zoo 31/05/2019”

A farm reunion and my new goat companion!

My second University year is quickly approaching an end, and what an incredible year it’s been! I’ve expanded on my knowledge, developed new interests and, wholeheartedly, become more confident as an Animal Behaviourist. I’m currently away from Bangor for the Easter break, as I focus heavily on my studies in preparation for my upcoming MayContinue reading “A farm reunion and my new goat companion!”

Olivia’s story: Animals + mental health

“There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs”. I had the privilege of meeting my wonderful, courageous friend, Olivia, through the use of social media. She very kindly opted to share her story about how rats haveContinue reading “Olivia’s story: Animals + mental health”

Florida – Day seven: Part two 🇺🇸

After the talk we received from Jerry, we were quickly divided into two groups after stepping outside to enable us to carry out two different activities throughout the refuge. This allowed us to smoothly alternate between the activities we were occupying at the time. I noticed various resources during my visit at the reserve, evenContinue reading “Florida – Day seven: Part two 🇺🇸”

Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸

BAREFOOT BEACH RESERVE Following a well needed sleep after a lengthy (though enjoyable) travelling period, we were ready to embrace our first full day in Florida, whilst fending off jet lag! Meeting at 8am, lathered in sun cream and covered in protective gear, filling two buses we eagerly headed off to The Barefoot Beach Reserve.Continue reading “Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸”

Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸

Arriving at the meeting point following an agonising wait for the day to arrive, it was finally time to head to Florida, ready to engage in an incredible field course, offering new experiences and unforgettable memories. With it also being my first time in The US! 6am sharp, we were packed up and rearing toContinue reading “Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸”

University – life lessons, goats and second year!

A year ago, I set off on a new and exhilarating adventure. University life. My first year as a University Student… Exciting! I’m now just a week away from beginning my second university year. Following my studies in Zoology with Animal Behaviour as I aim to become a voice for those in need of one.Continue reading “University – life lessons, goats and second year!”

Autism and me – an acceptance journey

That’s the thing. I never anticipated being a 19-year-old sitting face to face with my Therapist discussing the possibilities of an Autism diagnosis. It seems, my wonderful Therapist had picked up on possible Autistic traits in me during our sessions together (for my Anorexia Nervosa) which had mutually been a struggle for a while. MyContinue reading “Autism and me – an acceptance journey”