Student Profile

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Becky Vernon-Clinch

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Animal Management
Nationality: British
Occupation: Office Manager

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
The schools I had attended prior to Writtle College had all been on a fairly small scale, and I was drawn to Writtle College for its similar size and feel. I felt as though everyone could get to know each other very easily. On the Open Day I got a great sense of friendliness and community, and especially liked the openness of the surrounding area. I was moving from London and was desperate for a bit of country air! The gardens at Writtle were also immaculately kept and it gave me a great first impression.

What does Writtle University College mean to you?
I have very fond memories of Writtle College, and have made some lifelong friends who I’m still very close to, despite distance. I was able to have a good balance between work and play. The social side of Writtle was excellent – there was always something going on. My time at Writtle College was one of the best, and I still can’t quite believe it was 4 years ago now! It seems only yesterday I was a fresher feeling very nervous not knowing a single person.

What did/ do you particularly enjoy about your course?
I particularly enjoyed the practical work on the farm. I chose to go down the conservation route, but in another life I think I may have ended up working in farming. I loved the fact that there was a farm just down the road which we could visit and learn on. I de-horned my first calf and delivered my first lamb there! My friends even stabled their horses on the yard – not every Uni student can say that!

I also enjoyed the wide range of modules on the course. I came away from Writtle with a better idea about which area I wanted to focus on, and a much broader understanding on the management of animals and wildlife.

My Career Path
Previous to working for the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust that I was working as Project Assistant for the Lowveld Wild Dog project, based in the Savé Valley in Zimbabwe. I met some great people at Writtle who introduced me to Africa and it was through my visits there that I built up my contacts amongst the conservation sector in Zimbabwe. This, coupled with my degree in Animal Management, enabled me to land the job monitoring and conserving Wild Dogs in the Savé Valley.

On returning from Zimbabwe, I knew I wanted to remain in the conservation sector, but wanted to focus more on providing administrative support to the field. I was offered a position with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which focuses on conserving and managing British wildlife and the natural environment in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

My Current Job
Currently Office Manager at Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Future Plans
My future plans are to continue working at Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and gain a better understanding of charity conservation work within Britain. Ultimately I’d like to move out further to the countryside and set up a small holding, but that’s a little way off yet!