Today College staff and students celebrated the final stages of construction of the their new £700,000 Animal Centre with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.
Matt Donaldson, Director of Town and City Builders, joined Principal Jim Grant, Kim Monahan, Course Leader for Animal Management and students Nuala and Charlie for the ceremony.
The new 240m2 centre, which is due to open for students in September 2019, is being fitted out with a specialist climate controlled Reptile Room, a dedicated Mammal Room and extra teaching space. The building is surrounded by its own outdoor facilities where students will work with some of the small mammals. Also a special rain water collection system is being installed for some of the College’s most sensitive species, like the endangered white claw crayfish.
The building has been designed to be sympathetic with the Cotswold landscape, including the specially sourced larch cladding that covers the building. The Centre will also be self-sufficient with the energy for the building being generated by solar panels on the roof.
Course Leader Kim said, “Staff and students are very excited about moving into the new Centre. The animals will be moving into the centre at the end of July ready for the beginning of term in September. We have over 60 species of reptiles, small mammals, invertebrates, birds and fish, which we are hoping to expand on now we have the new facilities.”
Principal Jim Grant added, “the new building is a fantastic addition for our Animal Management students particularly those joining us in September. The students will have the benefit of the most up-to-date facilities to help them advance their knowledge and skills and to progress onto university and a successful career.”
With the Animal Care industry worth around £1 billion to the UK economy, many of the College’s former students have progressed to exciting careers such as Veterinary Nursing, Zoo Keeping and Animal Welfare Officers.
If you would like to find out more about Cirencester College’s Animal Management course you can attend our Open Evening, Thursday 27 June, 5pm-8pm.
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