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Ailish Ross BSc Applied Animal Science

With Highers in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Psychology & French and a keen interest in animals, Ailish went to her guidance teacher for advice on science based courses.

Ailish Ross bottle feeding a calf

They found the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science online and despite a city upbringing and no experience in Agriculture it looked perfect.

Ailish says

“I had always wanted to work with animals in some way or another but had never found a course that had really appealed to me. But the mixture of lectures and practical lab work offered with this course was ideal. The most interesting subjects to cover for me have been the livestock modules in particular the breeding aspects, production and welfare. The title of my dissertation is: ‘The use of computer tomography to determine the differences in left and right side muscularity within lambs.’ When I graduate I hope to eventually work within Sheep breeding and genetics, and I will look into completing a PhD or MSc.”

“The lecturers at SRUC are excellent. They are all so supportive and friendly, no matter what problem you have they are there for you. Support staff need recognition, they do a lot of work that goes unrecognised. You are able to create a bond and friendship with the lecturers due to the smaller classes and this encourages you to work even harder so as not to let them down.”

Whilst completing her Honours year Ailish is currently working at Brownhill Dairy Farm feeding the calves, and she also did lambing for the first time in March. She was then asked to work full time over the summer. “I work 13 hour days which are very physical but it’s worth it!”

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