Pamela Cousins, whose parents farm at Ballynure Road, Downpatrick, graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Bio-Veterinary Science from Harper Adams University recently.
On graduating, Pamela was awarded the Poultry Industry Education Trust award – a Tyrone Crystal rose bowl, as the top poultry student from Ireland.
Before joining her course at Harper Adams, Pamela was nursing assistant at the Mourne Veterinary Clinic in Kilkeel going on to complete a Veterinary Nursing course at Greenmount.
During her course at Harper Adams Pamela was awarded the Poultry Industry Education Trust International Travel Scholarship to unable her to undertake her sandwich training year in the poultry industry with Aviagen in Australia and New Zealand.
In Australia her supervisor was Gary Millar from Larne, a senior manager with Aviagen in Australia.
In New Zealand her supervisor was John McBride who emigrated to New Zealand from Co. Down in the 1970s. In 2014, Pamela won the Jerman Scholarship at Harper Adams.
Pamela has now taken up the post of Trainee Technical Manager with Cherry Valley, in Lincolnshire. Cherry Valley is a major producer of ducks operating worldwide.