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Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Working with the animals

First year Zoology student Tegan Sutton has been spending her Thursdays at Marwell Wildlife helping the staff responsible for feeding the animals.

Tegan was interested in working with the animals as she had considered studying for a degree in nutrition. She volunteered for the internship in her second semester and impressed an interview panel. "Eating well is as important for animals as for humans," she says. "I've been re-doing the diet sheets that the keepers follow when they feed the animals to make sure they're clear and easy to read. This week I've been working with the cheetahs, anteaters and giraffes."

The health of animals in captivity is often linked to the food they eat. "We've had some issues with the antelopes and realised they need to eat more long fibre carbohydrates," explains Tegan. She is enjoying her days at Marwell and hopes to continue her links with the charity after the formal placement ends. "This is giving me plenty of experience and will be good for my CV. I'm thinking about continuing at university and taking a PhD in future and this will help with that as well."

 

Tegan with Kismet the giraffe
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