A free Animal Behaviour Symposium was held at Nescot last night (May 2), with experts addressing a packed room on a range of topics.
Seminar organiser Adam Beral, head of the Animal Studies department at the college, spoke about dog behaviour, and colleague Clodagh O’Driscoll spoke on her research into whales.
There was a presentation from author and cat expert Anna Halcro-Johnston on feline behaviour, a talk on the work of Dogs for the Disabled’s PAWS project, and stands from charities including Cats Protection and Blue Cross.
Four Nescot students gave a presentation on their conservation research project in Mexico next year, and they raised £43 towards the trip.
“The evening was a great success for everyone involved,” said Adam.
“We had a wide range of people in the audience, from dog walkers and groomers to vets and vet nurses, and the feedback we had was very positive.”
Staff from Nescot’s REED Centre, which helps students find full and part-time work and apprenticeships, also attended the seminar.
“There were a number of enquiries about opportunities with Nescot, so we feel very hopeful,” said employment broker Mandy Hayes.
“Quite a few people asked about apprenticeships within Animal Studies, and we were very happy to help and give advice.”