I have always enjoyed caring for animals and this drove my passion to work with animals as a career. I have always had pets of my own and spend a great deal of my time caring for them, currently I have 3 dogs, a cat, a rabbit, 3 bearded dragons, mice, giant african land snails and stick insects. I also breed my own critters to feed my dragons including cockroaches, mealworms and locusts.
I have worked in many animal care positions including as a kennel and cattery hand, livery yard assistant, small holding/farm manager and animal and horse technican, The technician position involved supporting students undertaking their animal care and horse care qualifications, supporting them during practical yard duties learning how to look after a variety of species of animals including poultry, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, equines and livestock.
I have also worked as a creche assistant for an organisation that helped lone parent families socialise with others in the same situation, where i would organise and supervise activities and games for children aged between 2 -18. I have experience supporting children of different ages in classroom settings as a learning support assistant and a teaching assistant.
Alongside working part time, I studied BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree at Nottingham Trent University, finally graduating in June 2016 with my dissertataion focusing on reptile nutrition. I undertook the course intending to be a zoo keeper but through my studies I found this wasnt my calling (I couldn't see myself working with animals that could potentially kill me) so i turned my attention to finding a career that helped to educate people regarding animal requirements especially those commonly kept as pets.
My role at the Ark involves undertaking parties and encounters incudes animals we have as shop pets, allowing people the opportunites to get up close and personal with some cute and cuddly critters, with some unusal individuals, engaging both children and adults in these events.