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Students get busy for exotic pets

Students show off the new vivarium with tutors and David Wood, Principal & Chief Executive.

Students show off the new vivarium with tutors and David Wood, Principal & Chief Executive.

Students who are part of the Year 11 ‘Aspire to…’ programme at Lancaster & Morecambe College have been very busy in their construction workshops building bespoke vivarium’s for the exotic pets in the Animal Care department.

As part of the ‘Aspire to…’ programme, which focuses on developing the personal and educational skills that students will need to progress onto a full time study at college, students are introduced to a variety of different subject areas to help them decide on their next step at the college.

Ashley Jones, Giles Coulthard and Jack Kerrigan have spent the past six weeks working with the college Animal Care tutor, John Vale, in designing, measuring and building the vivarium for the college’s Bosc Monitor Lizard who is outgrowing his old one.

The learners, who also study in the Animal Care department one day a week, will begin their next project in the coming weeks.

The project will involve working on building a vivarium for the boa constrictor and cages for the chinchillas, rabbits and other animals for the new Animal Care enclosure.

Joinery tutor, Kevin Hyde, said: “Only Jack had had some joinery experience before, so for them to practically build it by themselves with little guidance, apart from the initial help from me is something they should be very proud of.”

 

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