GSPCA staff spend time at Tiggywinkle Wildlife Training Hospital and the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre
Last week GSPCA staff Lucy Ogier and Sarah Ozanne had a wonderful experience in learning about front line animal welfare work in the UK.
After a long journey Lucy and Sarah spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Tiggywinkle Wildlife Training Hospital and then Friday at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre both based near Aylesbury, Buckingham-shire.
Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant said ‘We learnt so much at both centre’s and all the staff wree really helpful and showed us so much.’
‘It was such an amazing three days and I even got to release a Kite back to the wild whilst I was there.’
‘I learnt that Kite’s play dead when being handled so no gauntlets needed. When releasing, you must throw them up as high as you can.’
Lucy Ogier Animal Care Assistant said ‘We saw so many different species of British Wildlife in Tiggywinkles and the RSPCA Animal Centre has a huge amount of land.’
‘We learnt so much from both places and we are both full of good ideas.’
‘It’s amazing no matter where you go how we all achieve so much at our Shelters.’
Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said ‘We carry out much of our in house training for our staff and volunteers but when we are able to let members of the team spend time in other Shelters they always seem to gain so much from it.’
‘It is one of the main ways I have learnt over the years and spending time at a Centre or Shelter on the ground can teach so many invaluable lessons and give so many ideas.’
‘Although there are few Animal Care Training opportunities in Guernsey for the first time this year we launched with WEA an Animal Care Course which is a full house and we are looking to repeat it again in the New Year.’
Both Sarah and Lucy have kindly put together a diary of their adventures, some of the things they learnt and what they got up to.