Animal Encounter's keeper is 'Student of the Year'

Student of the year...

Animal Encounter's keeper Louise Moody, was awarded the coveted title of 'Student of the Year' at a special lunch to commemorate her excellent results on her DMZAA (Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals).

The DMZAA is an internationally recognised qualification, run in partnership with BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and Sparsholt College in Hampshire. The two-year course covers everything an animal keeper needs to know, from nutrition and breeding to statistics and legislation. 

Louise Moody And Fellow Keepers

The intensive course is designed to complement the practical day to day work of animal keepers already in employment within a BIAZA collection, as Woburn Safari Park is. 

Louise completed the course in July this year and her results were outstanding, with 16, out of a possible 17, distinctions and one merit. As a result, Louise was awarded 'Student of the Year' for her consistency of results, exceptional time keeping and her positivity throughout her studies. 

Louise was joined at the lunch by Dr Dave Beeston, DMZAA Co-ordinator; Martin Simmons, Vice Principal at Sparsholt College; Andy Beer, Director of Zoo Management Studies and Nicky Needham, Programmes and Policy Co-ordinator at BIAZA. Also present were her fellow Animal Encounters keepers, as well as Head of Section Hayley Potter and Head of Education at Woburn Safari Park, Adele Clegg. 

Louise Moody Collecting Her Award

Hayley Potter, Head of Animal Encounters, said: "Louise continues to be an excellent member of the animal keeping team, so it was no great surprise that she also excelled in her studies. She is a credit, not only to the safari park but to her profession and I am very pleased that all of her hard work has been recognised."

Congratulations Louise, from all at Woburn Safari Park.