A new centre which will provide courses for youngsters who want to go into careers caring for animals has been launched in Newmarket.
The new Animal Management Centre has been opened by West Suffolk College in partnership with Newmarket Academy in a completely refurbished facility on the academy’s Exning Road site.
The new courses in animal management being taught at the site will allow students to gain experience of handling and caring for animals as well taking lessons on theory.
The facility combines indoor and outdoor housing for a wide range of animals – from rabbits and guinea pigs to hens, snakes and even a scorpion.
“Newmarket has a long established history of equine studies and animal care, so it makes sense that this unique collaboration be located here, bringing education and business closer together,” said West Suffolk College’s principal Dr Nikos Savvas.
The college is working in partnership with Newmarket Academy to provide the diplomas in animal care and animal management, which will open up a wide range of opportunities for students, especially those looking for more specialist careers working with companion animals, domestic livestock and zoo and exotic species.
There will also be opportunities for primary schools in the area to visit the animal care centre so children can experience working with animals from a young age.
“We want to give students the best opportunity to follow their career aspirations,” said college vice principal Lindsey Johnson.
“ We are meeting the needs of young people in the local area by providing this course so they won’t have to travel miles to study or live away from home.”