Prior's Field September 2018

WHEN YOUR CHILD WANTS TO BECOME A VET

Published Sunday 7th of November 2010 08:17:20 AM

DOWN ON THE FARM

Places on Veterinary Medicine courses at the majority of British universities are highly prized. Many universities require students to have achieved three A grades and institutions can afford to be picky because competition is fierce. So how can students striving for a career in Veterinary Medicine, Equine Studies or Agriculture differentiate themselves before they have to write their critical personal statements?

Schools like Abbotsholme in Staffordshire can offer students the opportunity to experience the rearing of animals 'first hand'. Abbotsholme is one of only a handful of British schools to have a working farm where pupils are able to learn about animal husbandry and crop management and gain an understanding of the environment, all on site.

Their 70-acre farm is a busy enterprise, with a commercial herd of beef cattle, a mixed flock of sheep and a poultry unit. There are lots of opportunities for students of any age to become involved: pupils select and show cattle at Agricultural Shows, assist with veterinary procedures, take responsibility for lambing and help with the hay making as well as share in the administration.

Particularly concerned with the conservation and enhancement of the environment, the school has been recognised with a number of awards for the sympathetic use of the school estate. Pupils are involved in maintaining ancient woodland, developing hedgerows and riverside plantings.

Abbotsholme also has BHS approved equestrian centre. Located within the school grounds, the centre stables the school�s and pupils� own horses, and offers tuition to beginners as well as to those working towards professional qualifications. The all-weather menage, enables riding tuition to continue year-round.

Abbotsholme is a small, friendly school for day and boarding students of 5-18 years old. The school provides a modern, progressive education based on co-operation rather than competition, a compassion for others, and respect for the environment. Above all, the school is small enough, (at 330 pupils), to be able to treat each student as an individual.

Story supplied by Sally Butler, on behalf of Abbotsholme School
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