Staff Profiles Animal Care & Land Based Studies
After school I spent a year working on a trout farm in North Yorkshire and attended Sparsholt College of Agriculture in Hampshire. Upon my return I worked at the RSPCA clinic in Halifax for a couple of years before moving on to spend eleven years at Hird & Partners Veterinary Practice, five of which as Practice Manager. During my time at Hirds I gained a BSc (Hons) from Bradford University, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Science at the University of Wales, Bangor. I spent two years teaching Key Stage 2 and 3 and A level Biology in Wales followed by three years in the pharmaceuticals industry as a Veterinary Territory Manager for Pfizer Animal Health, covering the north of England and Northern Ireland. This was followed by seven years teaching level 3 and 4 Animal Management and Countryside Management at Kirklees College in Huddersfield. At Kirklees I was also an Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach for the Land-Based and Science department. I joined Calderdale in September 2012 and teach a variety of biology and animal related subjects for level 3 Animal Management.
Louise has worked in an educational setting for over twelve years both as a Learning Link Co-ordinator within the area of Study Support and a training officer/lecturer teaching on E2E and LDD programmes. After studying animal behaviour and gaining her teaching qualification she developed and course lead the School Links, Entry Level 3 and level 1 Animal Care programmes. She also teaches on the level 2 Diploma. Louise gained industry experience working on livery yards, carrying out educational and therapeutic animal visits to schools and youth clubs and running her own small holding. She still keeps a range of animals including exotics, horses, owls, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and geese. Louise also has experience of training and rehabilitating birds of prey and is hoping to further her own studies by specialising in this area.