A group of university students studying animal behaviour and welfare have spent time at a working Cornish college farm to gain valuable practical skills.
Students on the second year of the BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Plymouth visiting Duchy College, Stoke Climsland also used the visit to review animal housing and handling requirements.
They were shown around the small animal unit by FdSc Animal Health & Management Course Manager, Michelle Chappell who explained about rabbit housing and handling.
The next stop was the equine yard, where Yard Manager, Jo Challacombe, and FdSc Equitation Training and Behaviour Course Manager, Sue Horseman, gave them an extensive tour of the stables and introduced to them to equine residents and explained how the horses’ behaviours and requirements are managed.
UOP student, Liberty Warren-Green, said it was “a great opportunity for us to be able visit all the different types of animals in one place”.
“The facilities and resources that Duchy College have are really impressive,” she continued.
“It has given us some valuable practical knowledge to help us with the assignment we are currently doing on animal housing.”
A short tractor and trailer ride to the farm was followed by FdSc Agriculture Programme Manager, Jo Vincent, giving the students a tour of the cows housing and introducing them to the new calves.
Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour & Physiology at the University of Plymouth, Dr. Nikolaus von Engelhardt said they “had a lovely day despite the cold and the mud”.
“It was really interesting to illustrate with real life examples so many aspects we discussed in our lectures. Thank you for the visit and we hope to come again next year,” he added.
The day was rounded off with a short overview on housing types by the HE equine staff and a question & answer session in the lecture theatre.
Team Lead for HE Animal Science at Duchy College, Alison Abbey, said the College “thoroughly enjoyed hosting the field trip”.
“The discussions after they had studying our animal housing in equine, agriculture and animal between Plymouth University staff, students and our own HEAS staff showed promise in possible collaborative research projects in the future which we would welcome. We look forward to sharing good practice again with our colleagues and their students from Plymouth University next year.”