We’ve recently welcomed Curtis Wainwright to our growing team of industry experienced animal care Trainer Coaches as we expand into the Cheshire area.
We caught up with him to discuss how his vast experience and knowledge in the industry enables him to support our apprentices to achieve their level 2 animal care qualifications.
“Having always had a keen interest in animals, after I finished school I chose to study Animal Management. As my interest grew, I went on to study Animal Science at Glyndwr University as well as working at a local kennels. It was great to get paid for something I loved!
After University I travelled across Australia, South Africa and parts of Asia, where I was lucky enough to experience native animals in their natural habitats. When I returned, I taught practical lessons to animal care students at a College. The on-site zoo was home to many different animals, such as tapir, primates and otters. The practical lessons involved teaching the students a variety of skills, including handling, health checking and husbandry.
I have worked hard in my career to gain a vast amount of experience with animals across different work settings; I have also worked at Stockley Farm Park, a dairy farm, for three years,where I gained hands on experience with farm animals and learnt the fundamental skills of animal husbandry. I also worked at Warren Wood Boarding Kennels & Cattery where I worked closely with the dogs and learnt how to provide them with the correct diet, training and exercise.
I have now developed into a role as a Trainer Coach with Haddon Training, where I support apprentices through their qualifications. As a Trainer Coach, I visit a variety of animal care employers and work with apprentices who are looking after a range of different animals, including, dogs, cats, farm animals, reptiles and birds of prey.
I love my job because I enjoy working with people who are passionate about wanting a career with animals and are dedicated to working in this industry, whether that be in the job role they’re in or progressing their career and development. Working with apprentices and seeing their journey and how they progress over the duration of their programme is very rewarding.”
Did you know we also offer animal care apprenticeships in Wales? You can find more information on our work in Wales here.