In addition to taking in wildlife casualties we believe in education and work experience for a variety of young people is part of that.
The students who take advantage of these placements come from all sorts of institutions. Colleges and universities, schools, vet schools and training veterinary nurses will be making use of Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre.
These students make up part of our work force and in return for teaching them as much as we can about British wild animals and birds they provide us with another pair of hands. In order to be able to care for any animal, you first need to know a little about their natural life, behaviour, feeding requirements etc. At Oak & Furrows this is a vast area to deal with as there are so many different species passing through all the time and all need to be assessed very carefully on an individual basis.
'On the job' training is a wonderful way to learn and that is how work experience works here. The students have to take their place within the team, are treated as a member of staff and are expected to behave accordingly. They are put through induction on their first day; this includes health and safety, what is expected from them and what they can expect from us. It is not making coffee situation, it is real 'work' experience however they do need to understand cleaning it a huge part of the work here.
We have produced an induction pack for all these placement students containing all they need to know about us, health and safety and their work here.
If you would like to book a work experience placement with us please email the centre firstname.lastname@example.org .