Close up of a large spider at the Houghall Campus

Animal Care Student Picks Up Student Award

Mon, 2002-06-24 01:00

Hardworking animal care student Jodie Morgan has picked up a well deserved East Durham College student award for October.

Jodie, 18, from Houghton-Le-Spring, joined the College in 2011 from St. Robert of Newminster School in Washington without achieving fantastic GCSE results but has gone on to excel on the course, picking up distinction grades in a number of modules.

During her time at the College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, Jodie has shown fantastic commitment and took part in a number of work placements, even travelling to Wales for three weeks to work at a zoo in Snowdonia.

Her hard work has also earned her a part time job at Penshaw Aquatics and once her course is completed next summer she hopes to go on to study zoology at the University of Leeds.

Animal Care lecturer John Reid praised Jodie for the way she has grown during her studies at the College and believes her commitment and passion will take her a long way.

John said: “Jodie has been a fantastic student and really deserves this award.

“She has come away with numerous distinction grades in her work and has worked really hard to achieve all of them.

“Jodie is a highly dedicated student who clearly loves the course and is determined to make a career in animal care and with that dedication I’m sure she’ll go far.”

And Jodie couldn’t believe she had been selected for the award and she thanked John for his kind words.

Jodie said: “It was a real shock to be put forward for the award but I am really proud to have been chosen and John said some really nice things which means a lot.

“I have worked really hard on the course since I joined Houghall but I love what I do so I enjoy learning.”

Jodie admitted that despite her love for the course at Houghall she does have one eye on the next step and believes the mix of both her studies and work placements will help her in the future.

“I’m enjoying every minute at the College but I can’t wait to hopefully be studying on the zoology degree at the University of Leeds next year.

“I have spent time on some fantastic placements, the Welsh Mountain Zoo being the highlight.

“I contacted a number of zoos around the country as I knew I needed to have a trial placement with one to make sure that was definitely what I wanted to do in the future.

“The Welsh Mountain Zoo said they would give me a place and after a lot of fundraising me and another student from Houghall spent three brilliant weeks in Wales - it was a fantastic experience.

“That placement helped me make my mind up on zoology and has made me even more determined to work as hard as possible on my course.”

For more information on animal care courses at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, please contact our Student Services team on 0191 518 8222 or visit