Jessica Roots is celebrating a prestigious business partnership with Stantons Farm Alpacas.
Jessica graduated from Writtle University College with a degree in BSc (Hons) Animal Science.
"The lecturers helped me achieve my dreams," she said. "Modules such as sector studies/business skills have been useful in abundance despite my hesitation at the start."
"Parasitology, pharmacology and microbiology were also major elements that have helped me gain my role at Stantons Farm Alpaca, providing me with a high understanding of bio security. Not to mention the facilities that allowed myself and my friends to work in a relaxing and comfortable environment."
Jessica has a long-standing passion for working with animals. She began looking after neighbour's pets at only six-years-old and later began caring for animals with welfare needs.
"Animals provide me with a great sense of comfort, mindfulness and purpose," she said.
In 2018, Jessica volunteered as a home visitor for the RSPCA, later becoming an animal care assistant role at the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
"Seeking voluntary work helped me build up my portfolio," she explained. "It allowing me to progress to my first animal paid position at New Hall School as an Animal Welfare assistant where I managed over 13 species".
Jessica is now part of a three-person-partnership at Stantons Farm Alpacas in Essex and was responsible for building up the business from scratch.
She said: "I solely manage over 35 alpacas. We breed alpacas and provide alpaca expeditions alongside educational tours and event hire. I was delighted to be offered this opportunity, it's definitely a learning experience and I have always wanted to start a business."
"I plan to stay with Stanton Farm Alpacas for the foreseeable future to build it up, applying business skills knowledge whilst gaining further hands on experience with the alpacas. I am also planning postgraduate study and am currently in the process working closely alongside Colchester Zoo, to organise a visit to the UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve for the graduates of 2021."