Hi, my name is Ellie. I’m currently studying BSc (Hons) Canine Training and Performance here at Hartpury University. I have three dogs that I absolutely adore. My particular interest lies in working dogs – including assistance, guide, and agility dogs – but I’ve recently become really interested in human-animal interaction with our canine companions.
Why I chose Hartpury University
I always knew I wanted to learn anything and everything about dogs, it’s been my passion from the start. After hearing about this degree, I knew I just had to jump straight in and apply – and here I am two years later, loving every moment! Hartpury has always been highly recommended, and with such a large campus, it’s full of volunteering opportunities that could help set me up for the future.
I really enjoy how my course leads me to different career enterprises – I particularly love hearing about Hartpury graduates and where they are now. Before starting my degree, I had no idea what was out there. My course has allowed me to develop a variety of skills through practical sessions, and now I have a much clearer image of where I’ll be in the future.
One of my favourite practical activities was seeing the police dogs in action. As well as this, Hartpury has connections with mantrailing instructors (working with your dog to hunt down a missing person) canine hydrotherapists, and general behaviourists who have given us fascinating demos. We get to hear from some really interesting guest lecturers too, for an insight into different parts of the industry.