Alison Pilgrim, BTEC student at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, has won a competition after creating the best small animal practice design, combining creativity and practicality.

A creative BTEC student has won the top accolade in her college’s “design a small animal veterinary practice” award.

Alison Pilgrim with her winning design, which demonstrated creativity and practicality.Alison Pilgrim, a student on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, was one of more than 130 students who entered the competition, the entries of which were judged for creativity and practicality.

The competition was sponsored by Virbac and judged by an independent veterinary surgeon. Miss Pilgrim’s entry was chosen for the practical design of the consulting rooms, which had front and rear doors allowing a single dispensary area for the whole practice. The student’s design was also deemed well presented and considerate of disabled clients.

Miss Pilgrim won £75 worth of shopping vouchers, while a second prize of £25 worth of vouchers went to students Danielle Harrison and Emily Phelan, who submitted a joint entry. Third-placed Destiny Merrington also received a £25 voucher.

Isobel Richards, lecturer in animal management at Moulton College, thanked Virbac for its support of the competition.

She said: “Moulton College puts a strong emphasis on building links with industry, because we know it is beneficial for students and that it will ultimately increase their employability.”

Meanwhile, Chris Geddes, senior product manager at Virbac, said: “Supporting the veterinary profession and related animal management professions is one of our founding principles, so we we’re delighted to recognise the achievements of these students. How wonderful it would be if we could all work in a practice of our own design.”

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