FIRST year students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management programme at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise’s (CAFRE’s) Enniskillen Campus recently visited the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Animal Centre in Co Longford. This field trip was organised in conjunction with two modules studied by the students on this programme - Horse Behaviour and Welfare and Undertake and Promote Animal Health.
The students were given a guided tour of the centre by animal welfare assistant Kelly Hynes. Ms Hynes gave the students a tour of the equine facilities at the sanctuary and explained the background into some of the recent cases to arrive at the centre which relies heavily on the support of the public to allow them to continue their work.
They were shown the rescued horses and discussed some important topics such as current welfare legislation, and common health issues which ISPCA inspectors see on a daily basis.
The trip provided the students with firsthand experience of the current welfare issues in Ireland and the work the centre does in nursing rescued animals back to health.
For further details regarding the equine programmes at Enniskillen Campus, see the website at www.cafre.ac.uk or contact Freephone: 0800 028 4291.