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STU­DENTS at Tameside Col­lege take their first steps into the an­i­mal king­dom this week, with a brand new depart­ment open­ing its doors.

The aim of the new an­i­mal man­age­ment cour­ses is to ed­u­cate stu­dents in the care and study of an­i­mals from a huge se­lec­tion of en­vi­ron­ments and species.

The new fa­cil­ity, which is lo­cated at the col­lege’s Beau­fort Road site, houses a huge range of an­i­mals and in­cludes: a vi­var­ium for rep­tiles and cold-blooded an­i­mals, a chicken run and coop, pens for rab­bits and other ● small mam­mals, fish pond, aviary for small birds such as quails and cock­atiels and teach­ing class­rooms.

Philip Pow­nall, new an­i­mal man­age­ment teacher at Tameside Col­lege, has a BSc in Zool­ogy and has worked in a wide range of an­i­mal-re­lated ca­reers such as zoo keeper and horse trainer.

Other mem­bers of staff in­clude Sarah Cock­burn and Stacey Mather who have back­grounds in teach­ing and an­i­mal con­ser­va­tion re­spec­tively. Philip said: “As we go into the 21st cen­tury it’s ap­par­ent that the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is beginning to dis­ap­pear and the an­i­mal pop­u­la­tion is on the de­cline. With this type of course we can be­gin to teach that the en­vi­ron­ment is of great im­por­tance and how to pre­vent it dis­ap­pear­ing en­tirely.

“Stu­dents will learn the be­hav­iour and bi­ol­ogy of these an­i­mals whilst work­ing within our an­i­mal cen­tre and gain valu­able hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence within the depart­ment.”

Cour­ses avail­able in­clude: land-based stud­ies level one and an­i­mal man­age­ment level two and three.

To find out more about an­i­mal man­age­ment at Tameside Col­lege visit www.tameside.ac.uk or call 0161 908 6600.

An­i­mal man­age­ment teacher Phillip Pow­nall and tech­ni­cian Stacey Mather

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