Study Type: School Leaver Vocational
Study Location: Broomfield Hall
Subject Studied: Animal Care
DCG Animal care course helped build confidence for vet nurse Jorjia
Apprentice veterinary nurse Jorjia Jepson always knew she wanted to work with animals but was unsure of how to go about it.
To improve her chances after A-levels, she enrolled on an Animal Care course with Derby College Group while gaining useful work experience at a local vets.
Jorjia, now 21, completed her Advanced Extended Technical Diploma in Animal Management – Science Pathway at Broomfield Hall, with three distinction stars.
And, after taking a job on reception at the same veterinary surgery, Bright Side Vets in Swadlincote, she was offered the opportunity to train as a vet nurse.
She is now doing her initial six months nursing training before going onto do the two-year apprenticeship.
Jorjia said: “The Animal Management Science course at Derby College helped me push myself and achieve a grade I never thought I was capable of, as well as developing a love of science that I never knew I had.
“Taking the course definitely built my confidence. As well as learning about smaller furry animals in the first year, we also studied exotic pets in Year 2, which I found really interesting.”
Jorjia is enjoying her nursing role and especially likes the chance to be hands on with the animals. She is now involved in doing post-op checks when they’re coming out of the anaesthetic and looking after them while they’re in recovery.
She added: “I also assist in vet consultations, which has taught me about all kinds of conditions and treatments. I’m learning something new every day, which I find really interesting.
“It’s nice to be there for the pet and owner for exciting moments as well as what can sometimes be a difficult time.”
Jorjia also has her own pets at home, including cats and three chihuahuas.
The Animal Management Science course at Derby College helped me push myself and achieve a grade I never thought I was capable of, as well as developing a love of science that I never knew I had.