A Caring Fox

East Durham College student Lauren Fox was delighted to recently win the Animal Care Award at the College’s December 2010 Student of the Month Awards ceremony.

Lauren, who is 16 and from Brandon, came to the College in September after finishing her GCSEs at Belmont School Community Arts College.

She is now wowing her lecturers and tutors at Houghall, as she works towards her Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.

Ian Hall, a lecturer in Animal Care at the County Durham college, said: “Whether it’s theory or practical sessions, Lauren is a delight to teach.

“She’s always willing to assist in any task, whether it’s helping on the farm with the livestock or with the small mammals in the animal care unit. She has also shown extremely good handling skills with a range of dogs of different temperament and behaviour.”

Lauren has enrolled on the course to follow her ambition of one day becoming a veterinary nurse. And with a current score of 98.5% across all the modules on her course she’s well on her way to fulfilling that dream.

Ian went on to say: “A Colleague told me he wished he’d got 10 Lauren’s down on the farm which is high praise indeed. It has been a very good start to her student life at Houghall and I’m sure it will continue to get better and better.”

Her Mam, who also attended the ceremony, added: “I wish she’d work as hard at home helping with the housework – but guess she can’t because she’s working so hard on her assignments!”

Lauren told us she was “absolutely loving the course” and was particularly looking forward to spending 4-weeks next term getting her teeth into her work experience placement at the Cestria Veterinary Centre in Chester-le-Street.

If you’d like to following in Lauren’s footsteps, and apply for an Animal Care course at Houghall, please call 0191 375 4710.