Lined up for the camera: Hoofstock members Nicole Hatcher, Sarah Eastwood, Victoria Copson, Daisy Kemp, Celia Gould, Charlotte Elwood, Danielle Wharton, Ben Fitzcosta and Jess Sellwood with ponies Frankie, Cassie and Jasmine  and donkeys Percy and Bertie  

Reaseheath’s Hoofstock Society spread Christmas spirit

Members of Reaseheath’s Hoofstock Society spread Christmas spirit by making festive outfits for some of the college’s paddock animals, then taking them for a charity walk round campus.

 Lined up for the camera: Hoofstock members Nicole Hatcher, Sarah Eastwood, Victoria Copson, Daisy Kemp, Celia Gould, Charlotte Elwood, Danielle Wharton, Ben Fitzcosta and Jess Sellwood with ponies Frankie, Cassie and Jasmine  and donkeys Percy and Bertie  

Lined up for the camera: Hoofstock members Nicole Hatcher, Sarah Eastwood, Victoria Copson, Daisy Kemp, Celia Gould, Charlotte Elwood, Danielle Wharton, Ben Fitzcosta and Jess Sellwood with ponies Frankie, Cassie and Jasmine  and donkeys Percy and Bertie

The students, three ponies and two donkeys visited departments across the college to collect donations for two favourite charities, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA). The team, who had also made Christmas cookies, raised a total of £84.

Keeper Kerri Robson, who launched the Hoofstock Society, said: “Our walk round college has become a tradition and this year the members have made a big effort to make it bigger and better. It’s a really nice way to spread some cheer and get the animals and students involved”.

We decided to raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary as they need to raise £600,000 for a new donkey hospital. The members also felt they would like to make a donation to HAPPA and were delighted with the generous donations they received.”        

 And here’s a pic of FD ADW undergraduate Nicole Hatcher, who made this smart Christmas outfit for miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’

Nicole Hatcher with miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’

Nicole Hatcher with miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’

The invertebrate first aid training workshop

Sharing interverbrate first aid best practice

Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society shared their knowledge invertebrates at a recent BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group (TIWG) conference.

Conference delegates have a go at first aid techniques

Conference delegates have a go at first aid techniques

The conference, held at Twycross Zoo over two days (7th-8th December), took place in conjunction with  the Veterinary Invertebrate Society (VIS). The two day event focused on invertebrate health and included a number of presentations and workshops from vets, zoo professionals and our very own RHES members.

Six RHES members were selected by Reaseheath keeper Lauren Lane (A BIAZA TIWG steering committee member) to facilitate an accredited training workshop on invertebrate first aid.

The invertebrate first aid training workshop

The invertebrate first aid training workshop

During the workshop, RHES members joined three other facilitators Lauren Lane, Steve Trim (Venomtech Director) and Tracy Dove (Isle of White Zoo) giving over 40 delegates the opportunity to learn and practise a number of first aid techniques for invertebrate species. The techniques included autotomy, haemolymph loss and ectoparasite removal amongst others.

On evaluation of the conference delegates said that the first aid workshop was the most useful and enjoyable, which was a fantastic outcome.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank RHES for their professionalism and enthusiasm during the conference and to all staff members that lent items for the workshop.

Lauren Lane

Lower Vertebrate and Invertebrate keeper/instructor

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Students mark World AIDS Day with human ribbon

Caring students from across the college joined together to mark World Aids Day by forming a giant ribbon on the front lawn.

World Aids Day is a worldwide initiative held annually on the 1st December powered by the National AIDS Trust, established to give people the opportunity to unite together to show their support for those living with HIV.

Bakery students demonstrated their support by baking red velvet cupcakes along with other students and staff who had their nails painted red, raising £175 for National AIDS Trust.

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Students forming at giant ribbon on Reaseheath main lawn

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Marine mammal training workshop

On the 10th – 13th of November 2015, four animal management students attended the joint International Marine Animal Training Association and European Association of Aquatic Mammals workshop, held at Zoomarine, Italy.

Beth Goddard and Amy Clyne, both studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management were joined by degree students James Doodson and Matt Brown taking part in the international event.

The trip was mentioned to students interested in sealions and dolphin training by lecturer/course manager Rachel Rodgers who was presenting a talk on training the next generation of animal trainers at the event.

The students attended presentations by animal trainers and vets from all over Europe on topics such as “expanding marine mammal training and enrichment programs” by Sabrina Brando from Animal Concepts, “training with crocodiles” by Florian Ploetz from Tierpark Hagenbeck Hamburg, and “medical vs mental” by Cynthia Henderson.

Alongside talks, the students attended practical demonstrations of marine mammal training, such as pinniped displays and training sessions demonstrating artificial insemination procedures in bottle nose dolphins.

A great time was had by all, particularly at the gala meal on the Wednesday evening which allowed students to mix with industry specialists and secure work experience placements with marine mammal parks across Europe.

Animal management students joined by Rachel Rodgers at Zoomarine

Animal management students joined by Rachel Rodgers at Zoomarine