Army Plans for Natasha

Derby, United Kingdom, September 25, 2010 --( Former Derby College student Natasha Ward (18) from Ilkeston has clinched a coveted place with the Army to follow her dream of working with animals.

Natasha has just completed a level three course in Animal Management with triple distinctions (which is the equivalent to three A grades at A level) and has been accepted in the Army to train to be a Veterinary Technician. She will start basic training at Pirbright in April before progressing onto veterinary training at Melton Mowbray in August.

Natasha, who has also been an Army cadet for several years, explained: “I applied to the Army when I left Ilkeston School at 16 but they advised me that I needed further qualifications to go down the Veterinary Technician route.

“When I reapplied, I got the top grade at the selection and, after sending off to College for my records, I was told that there was an opening for me even though there weren’t due to be any openings for another two years.

“I can’t wait to start basic training at Pirbright and then go onto the specific vocational training before probably heading off to somewhere like Afghanistan where the veterinary team obviously look after the horses and dogs in service there but also the local Afghani people’s farm animals as part of the work to win hearts and minds.

“My ambition is to aim for the top and carry on my training to be a veterinary surgeon.”

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426