Principal Suzanne Duncan with Amy Galloway

Animal Care Student Amy Galloway Wins College Award For October

Fri, 2001-11-09 00:00

Last night East Durham College student Amy Galloway was presented with the EDC Student Award in Animal Care for October.

Amy, 18, Hartlepool, who studies at the College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, joined 10 other student award winners and their family and friends for the informal awards ceremony at the College’s restaurant Scene1.

The former High Tunstall School pupil was presented with her achievement certificate and prize for her ongoing hard work and dedication on her course by the new principal Suzanne Duncan.

Amy joined the College back in 2010 on a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care, last year she then successfully made the big step up to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma gaining a higher creditable Merit grade. Amy is now continuing the great work on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

John Reid, Head of Animal Care at Houghall, said: “Amy is a very conscientious learner, who always exhibits interest in the subject and is a hard worker.

“Amy is a great example of how it is possible to progress from a Level 2 qualification onto a course that is the equivalent of three A Levels. The whole lecturing team support Amy’s nomination for this award.”

Amy also attends work placements as part of her course; working at a dog grooming parlour, veterinary practice and a pet shop.

And the feedback from the staff at her placements has been glowing. They have all commented of her hard work, dedication and great teamwork skills.

Amy added: “I’m delighted and very proud to win the award. I really enjoy the course especially the practicals and working with the livestock and exotics. I also like the challenge of the biology and chemistry side of it too.”

Once Amy finishes the Level 3 Diploma next summer she plans to go on to study a BSc (Hons) degree in Natural History at the University of Glamorgan, before pursuing a career in animal rescue. She may even volunteer on a game reserve in South Africa during a gap year.

“I’m keen to study at Glamorgan but I may have a gap year first and if I do I hope to take part in a three month placement on a conservation reserve in South Africa so I can gain some new skills and experiences.”