Our health and well-being is something most people take quite seriously and the same goes for our animals. As an animal keeper, I am concerned with both the physical and the psychological (mental) health of the animals in my care. This means that there is an overlap between health and welfare, and the occurrence of disease.
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Cleveland Show is the biggest one day agricultural show in the north east and is held annually on the fourth Saturday in July in Stewart Park. It’s one of the only shows in the UK to be held in a public park but run by volunteers. Our latest show was last Saturday 22nd July when the Country Came to Town!
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Within the animal keeping world you are going to come into contact with a variety of unique species, all of which have different dietary requirements. For an animal keeper it is paramount that you get it right. This is to ensure that the animal can get the energy and materials it needs for its life sustaining activities, which include maintenance/growth, reproduction, milk production, work and/or production.
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Hello to all, I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Tom Richardson and I am employed as one of the animal keepers at Askham Bryan College, currently manning the fort here at Stewarts Park. I have been with the college for quite a number of years now, both as a student and as an employee. There have been quite a lot of questions regarding how one develops into this kind of job and what made you get into animal management and zoology. So I thought I would briefly share how I became intrigued by it all and the steps that led me to the role I’m in now, as well as future opportunities.
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