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Dutch trip inspires region’s top animal students

Published: February 26, 2019

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland

A mix of culture, history and world-class animal learning greeted some of the region’s top animal health and behavioural students as they travelled to The Netherlands.


The group shared best practice and picked up valuable information from one of the most devoted horse nations in the world.


Year 2 students on the FdSc Equitation Training & Behaviour (ETB) and FdSc Animal Health & Management (AHM) at Duchy College had a packed itinerary, which included visiting Hollandsche Manege the oldest horse riding school in Holland.


They travelled to Amsterdam and the surrounding area where they went to the amazing AERES further and higher veterinary training centre and VDL Dutch warmblood stud, where the students saw a variety of stallions and 12 new-born foals.


ETB student, Rebecca Gaffney, said it was “a fantastic opportunity”.


“The study tour was very educational and gave us a rounded insight into equine and animal management practices in another country as well as an insight into Amsterdam’s famous history,” she added.


Other elements of the trip included a visit to Artis Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, and a visit to the The Anne Frank House, the biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.


The students also enjoyed a visit to Body Worlds, a museum that showcases a fascinating journey through the human body. It was then onto the Heineken Experience, an interactive tour through beer giant’s history in its’ former brewery, with a tasting room finale. They also got to explore the famous flower and food markets.


FdSc AHM Programme Manager, Antje Greenaway, said enabling students to see and experience other countries was fantastic.


“They have met and spoken with various animal industry professionals, allowing them to broaden their knowledge in an unbelievable way alongside gaining a memory to treasure the rest of their lives,” she continued.


“We have also forged contacts for future visits and we hope that some may even come and pay us a visit too.”

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