Writtle University College (WUC) was delighted to welcome alumna Kate Harper to campus on December 4. The BSc (Hons) Animal Science graduate has 17 years of experience in handling, training and assessing a wide range of dogs for national charities, dog wardens and private clients.
Further and higher education students met with Kate to learn about her professional background and successful business. Kate is a UK Sniffer Dogs instructor and supports an innovative prison dogs project. She teaches the programmes to the young offenders and introduces therapy dogs to Young Offenders Institutes.
This month, Kate offered a number of WUC students the chance to take part in a temperament assessment with Murray the black Labrador. If Murray is found suitable, he'll be trained to assist Kate with her rehabilitation work with young offenders. The project aims to improve the lives of young people by promoting engagement in education, improving communication skills and enhancing general well-being.
Kate said: "I was very pleased to meet current students. Through a variety of tasks and experiences on my Animal Science BSc course I feel that Writtle prepared me with the tools and confidence needed to excel in my chosen career path."
Dr Jonathan Amory, Principal Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, said: "We were delighted to welcome Kate back to Writtle University College. As always, we're pleased to see our graduates creating and building upon the skills they learnt with us to make a positive difference within the community. Taking a hands-on part in a temperament assessment gave students an excellent opportunity to see one of the many ways their knowledge can be put to good use."
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