Meet: Myles Thomas

Myles studied at Oaklands College in September 2016 to begin studying for his Foundation Degree in Animal Management.


Myles studied at Oaklands College in September 2016 to begin studying for his Foundation Degree in Animal Management. 

Myles, a hard-working, enthusiastic student with a passion for animal behaviourism’s was a determined student boasting a 100% attendance record throughout the entirety of his Foundation Degree. 

A volunteer at his local Dogs Trust for over 5 years during his studies, Myles was determined to build up practical as well as theoretical experience at Oaklands College by pursuing his voluntary work, it is this, coupled with his qualifications that has enabled him to continue his pathway to employment from college, where he is now an Assistant Manager at a Dog Kennels. 

Myles has continued to excel at academic level, moving to Brighton University where he is now studying a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behaviour at the Royal Agricultural University. 

Tell us about your time at Oaklands, what led you to study here? 

“My passion for Animal Behaviour was the reason why I wanted to pursue the Animal Management course at Oaklands College, along with my experience volunteering, I knew I wanted to turn my interest and passion into a career. 

I owe everything to Pam Hill, one of the learning support workers at the college, she supported me throughout the entirety of my course and both myself and my parents are incredibly grateful for that. 

Pam went above and beyond when helping my studies at Oaklands College and even went out of her way to arrange and set up support networks for me, when I moved to the University of Brighton. 

What would you say was the major highlight of your time at Oaklands?

“I really enjoyed the hands on practical learning experience with the animals at Oaklands College, our tutor Emma Rees’ teaching styles and confidence that she gave to us as students as a particular highlight, as well as the educational trips that were available to students.” 

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying Animal Management? 

“Don’t expect the course to be easy, stay focused on your end goal, work hard and if you need support do not be afraid to access it.”

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