TV presenter James Strawbridge has launched a brand new £1.7 million Animal Management Centre at Duchy Rosewarne.
The new learning zone provides Duchy College students with state-of-the-art facilities such as the isolation unit to enhance their learning experience.
It contains modern classrooms for theory lessons and specialist areas to house exotic species, a range of small mammals and a commercial dog grooming salon.
Andrew Oatey has been part of the Council since 1989 and was delighted to see the opening of the new build which has been named The Oatey Building in his honour.
James Strawbridge, the ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ BBC2 presenter, unveiled a plaque after a short speech about the students’ experience.
He said: “I’ve absolutely loved today, it has been a real eye-opener to see the enthusiasm and passion coming from the students here – some of whom didn’t come from farming backgrounds, weren’t necessarily used to handling animals but they seem to have caught the bug and it is infectious.
“Farming is a part of life, as a cook – where my food comes from is incredibly important so the skills of how it is reared and produced responsibly are very important. I have a massive amount of respect for what is going on here and I’ve really enjoyed being invited.”
Mr Oatey added: “It has been very rewarding to have a good relationship with the College and to see how it has progressed over the years.
“I’ve really enjoyed being shown around by several of the students and speaking to members of the animal care team on who the students depend. It has been a really memorable day.”
For more information about the courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne call 0845 60 50 455 or go to www.duchy.ac.uk.