Course leads to kiwi dream job for Jenny

Jenny Williams is carving out a career on the other side of the world after her animal management qualifications landed her a new job and put an end to her travel plans.

Jenny Williams is carving out a career on the other side of the world after her animal management qualifications landed her a new job and put an end to her travel plans.

Jenny, who lived in Roughton, near Cromer, spent three years at Easton College studying for her first diploma in animal care and a national diploma in animal management.

She left the college determined to see the world but while looking for a job to fund her adventures she spotted an advert for an animal controller and applied to work for the local council in Manukau, Auckland.

And once they had seen her CV she was quickly given the job and, after two years, is swiftly climbing the career ladder.


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Jenny, 21, said: "I had only been here for two weeks and was looking for a job in a bar when I saw an advert for an animal controller. I asked them for a job, faxed them my CV and they offered me the job right away.

"I was only meant to be in New Zealand for a year and then travel around taking different jobs to keep me going but I got the job and I'm still there."

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The job mainly involves controlling problem dogs - she's been bitten five times - but if livestock wanders on to the highways, Jenny gets the call.

She said: "We work with the police a lot and if cows, sheep or pigs are reported causing problems on the roads or motorways I'm called out. If I hadn't gone to Easton and learned how to round up livestock I wouldn't be able to do it."

And it's these skills that have led to Jenny becoming a senior animal control officer and will no doubt come in handy when she moves to the local training centre which trains animal control officers around the country.

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