After visiting the university on an Open Day, BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Sciences student Tanya Peters decided she did not want to study anywhere but Harper Adams.
“Harper felt like home from my very first visit to the campus, and the course and the facilities on offer here were amazing,” says the 23-year-old, from Salisbury.
“Not many universities have a farm, labs, and the Companion Animal House, and its facilities such as these which allow me to get practical hands-on experience with a variety of animals.
Tanya has a wide experience with the smaller companion animals, but the variety of animals on-site has provided her with further experience with farm animals, which has aided her studies.
“We had to complete a sheep handling session as part of our first-year large animal management module – I was out of my comfort zone as I didn’t have much experience at the time - but this inspired me to sign up to do some lambing back at home and take part in some other opportunities such as land-based skills on the university farm, with the dairy cows and pigs, to gain wider experience. So, I really saw how the theory of what I was learning was applicable to the real world.
“Although I love companion animals, I also really enjoy working and learning about the health and nutrition of farm animals, so I am hoping to pursue this for the future,” says Tanya.
It is not just the variety of animals and facilities which make the Veterinary Bioscience (as it is now called) course at Harper what it is - according to Tanya the lecturers play a big part in it as well.
“The staff are always here to help, and they want to support you and see you succeed. My tutors even nominated me for the Rabbit Student of the Year award in the Burgess Excel Vet Awards which speaks for itself, and I was lucky enough to be shortlisted as a finalist.”
“The tutorial class sizes are small and the lecturers really go out of their way to learn the names of everyone in their classes – there is a real personal and tailored element to the course and it's great.”
Even though Tanya is busy gathering data for her Honours Research Project, investigating factors that alter Guinea Pig stress levels, she still finds time to enjoy the other aspects of student life.
“There is a great work-life balance here at Harper with all the clubs and societies, and if you can’t find what you need on campus, Newport down the road has all the amenities you need from supermarkets to friendly local cafes and pubs.”
Summing up her four years in Edgmond, Tanya says: “Harper Adams is a brilliant university which has given me such a well-rounded experience.”