Hazel began her studies at Capel Manor College with animal management at Level 3 before progressing to higher education to study veterinary medicine.
“I originally wanted to study sports when I was younger, but I always loved animals. I chose Capel Manor College because it was accommodating to my working lifestyle, and the Animal Management (Level 3) course covered a variety of skills that I thought would benefit my future, for both personal and professional reasons.
I loved working with the animals and getting hands-on experience. The Crystal Palace Campus has an exotics room and I was able to handle a tarantula for the first time! I never thought I would be able to do that. The teachers were very patient and now I have a love for all animals, Arachnids included! I enjoyed learning all the weird and wonderful facts about animals and discovering a love for science.
By studying at the College, I gained a place at Surrey University and I will be studying veterinary medicine! What I have learned at the College has also helped me with looking after my pets at home. Recognising ill health in animals and abnormal behaviour has really allowed me to put forward the knowledge I know to improve their health and wellbeing. The College helped me realise I am smart and capable enough to go on to study whatever I put my mind to.
My future goal is to become a vet and I am now working at the Royal Veterinary College as a Theatre and Diagnostic Assistant. I would not have got as far as I have without the support of the College and the faculty staff.”