Animal Science: Clare McCafferty

Clare chose to study Applied Animal Science at SRUC with a loose plan of gaining entry into second year veterinary medicine at Glasgow University. However, after a couple of years of study her mind was very much changed and she decided to pursue a career in animal science. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science, Clare worked on a dairy farm, then a riding stable, before securing her current role as an animal nutritionist with Premier Nutrition, specialising in Equine Nutrition, which she describes as a “dream job.”

On how the course helped her secure her post she says, “The nutrition courses play a huge part for my role (obviously) however the whole farm planning and crop classes also helped a lot. All feed has to be grown in some way and premix isn’t the only thing an animal eats so knowledge of whole diet production is invaluable. Anatomy/physiology is also helpful when understanding the role of nutrients in the body. These modules were an integral part of the course.”

From a young age an equine related post seemed inevitable, Clare says of her hobbies whilst at school, “All things equine, I was THAT horse crazy girl in the class” and her favourite subjects during studying with SRUC? “Anything animal based, particularly ruminant or equine. I also enjoyed working in the lab.”

Reflecting on her time with SRUC Clare says: “It is a brilliant place to study you get wonderful tuition and a fantastic degree awarded by the University of Glasgow behind you. Class sizes are small and you are very much a person not just a number.”

 

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