STUDENT Stefanie Wallace is giving up the creature comforts of home - and heading to university to take up a place at one of England’s top veterinary schools.
Stefanie, aged 20, is currently at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and will finish her two-year animal management course in June.
From there she will go to The University of Nottingham’s top rated School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, for six years’ training to become a vet.
Stefanie’s college course has been based at the Rother Valley Campus Animal Care Centre - home to cows, sheep, goats, meerkats, lizards, snakes, spiders and other exotic creatures. She said it had been ‘fantastic’.
“The tutors have been so supportive, giving me the confidence to get the career of my dreams,” she said. “But I will miss it here, especially all the animals I have grown attached to. Luna the cow is definitely my favourite. She is so gentle and loves all the attention from the students - I will miss her!”
Tutor Andrew Jonas said: “Stefanie has shown how a vocational course can get you into one of the country’s top specialist schools, especially when they generally accept those who have studied A Levels. She has put in a huge amount of hard work, including 18 different placements, so she really deserves the best.”