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Yorkshire Veterinary Family Launch Apprentice Award

Updated: 23/06/2015

A famous Yorkshire veterinary family has congratulated a Sheffield College apprentice for her achievements.

Yorkshire Veterinary Family Launch Apprentice Award

Pictured: Sheffield College veterinary nurse apprentice Rachel Green, 18, with Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of the famous Yorkshire vet Alf Wight known by his pen name James Herriot.

A famous Yorkshire veterinary family has congratulated a Sheffield College apprentice for her achievements. 

Rachel Green, 18, is one of the first veterinary nurse apprentices trained by the College, and is progressing well after the new apprenticeship launched at the start of this academic year.

She is also the first to receive a new annual achievement award from the children of famous Yorkshire vet Alf Wight, known by his pen name James Herriot, who wrote the books All Creatures Great and Small and inspired the famous television series.

Rosie Page and Jim Wight attended the College on Tuesday, June 16th, to present a Veterinary Nurse Apprentice of the Year award to Rachel, and to unveil a plaque in their father’s name. Members of Sheffield PDSA also attended.

Rachel is completing her apprenticeship with Springfield Veterinary Group, Crystal Peaks. She earns as she learns, gaining hands-on skills in the workplace and studies for a qualification at The Sheffield College City campus, Granville Road, one day week.

Rachel said: “I’m so pleased to receive this award. I love working with, and caring for, animals. Each one is different and an individual patient. I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship as I’m learning quickly in a really practical, hands-on way, and I like the fact that no day is the same.”

Around 200 Sheffield College students a year study animal care and science, and dog grooming courses. They go onto university or into careers as diverse as equine dentistry, zoology, wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary nursing, and dog grooming.

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I’m delighted that the family of the famous vet Alf Wight, who have such strong Yorkshire connections, have named our veterinary nurse training room after him. Animal care and veterinary medicine are highly competitive but the education and training our students receive means they can compete with the best. We are inundated with applicants for these high quality courses.”

The award was presented and the plaque unveiled on behalf of the World of James Herriot Visitor Centre, based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.  Ian Ashton, Managing Director of the recently awarded ‘Best Small Visitor Attraction in England’, said: "We are delighted The World of James Herriot is involved in promoting this veterinary nursing course award and we wish Rachel and the College every success in the future."

The College has a strong reputation for its animal science and care courses, being an accredited school of veterinary nursing. It has also received formal recognition from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London. Students who successfully complete the advanced diploma level animal care and science courses are guaranteed an interview for veterinary medicine and science degrees at the RVC.

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