Student of the year at Pershore College

A student veterinary nurse from Malvern has been named Student of the Year at Pershore College.
Elizabeth Griffiths, aged 27, won the overall prize at the college and was also named Animal Welfare and Vet Nursing Student of the Year.

She undertook a two-year Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Pershore College, part of leading college group WCG, whilst working full-time at Abbey Green Vets in Broadway.

Tutors were impressed with how Elizabeth rose to the challenge of combining her studies with working in veterinary practice. Elizabeth said: “I was very shocked and pleased to win the award. 
“I really enjoyed the course, especially the balance of working and studying although it was quite a big challenge living an hour from work and having to study when I got home but the college and my employer were really supportive.”

Elizabeth originally gained a degree in zoo biology from Nottingham Trent University but on returning home, started working at the Dogs Trust in Evesham and was then taken on as a student veterinary nurse at Abbey Green Vets. She said: “I knew when I left school that I wanted to work with animals but after university, realised that I wanted to care for animals rather than be a zookeeper. “Abbey Green Vets took me on and after six months, I applied for Pershore College. “Once I have completed the practical exams, I will be a qualified veterinary nurse and am planning to get a couple of years of work under my belt before perhaps looking into animal behaviour or nutrition to expand my knowledge for better nursing. “The course has been great in helping me to get where I want to be and the tutors have been wonderful with their support.”