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Special recognition for ACC student

‘You are never too old or too busy to learn,’ says ACC graduate Sharon Rowe, who has achieved special recognition for being an outstanding student.

But aside from her studies, Sharon has been working and volunteering to care for animals for over a decade, which has been its own reward.

Sharon, a graduate of BA (Hons) Communication and who previously worked for the BBC, changed careers to the animal care sector 12 years ago.

Her dedication to animal care is clear – Sharon, who has four rescue dogs herself, has even travelled to Romania to help with a ‘spayathon’, where cats and dogs are neutered by the charity ‘Sadie’s Stray Dog Rescue’. Sharon was able to use her grooming skills to help clip dogs pre-operation.

This charity works in Romania to help dogs in crisis, getting them to the UK so they can be rehomed. Sharon continues to support the charity, currently housing 2 of their dogs, who are looking for new homes.

Three years ago, Sharon took over her own successful kennels and cattery, Rowes Pet Hotel, in Cornwall – and presented with a change in regulations, decided to study Advanced Canine/Feline Care with ACC to ensure she fulfilled the requirements of the new legislation.

She excelled in her studies – her tutor describing her as an ‘outstanding student, probably producing the best work I have ever had submitted from a student on this course’.

This was despite Sharon suffering a relationship breakdown when she was halfway through her studies, meaning she had to run her business alone, seven days a week, with no days off.

Sharon told us: “It’s taken longer to complete the course but I am glad I did, doing so is reward in itself and I have gained useful knowledge for running the business and improving the care of the animals.”

Sharon’s tutor nominated her to receive special recognition from The Association of Distance Learning Colleges (formerly ABCC – the Association of British Correspondence Colleges), of which Animal Care College is a member.

The Association was equally impressed with Sharon’s achievements, and awarded her their Certificate of Merit, which Sharon has been proudly showcasing on her social media, alongside her Distinction graded Certificate from ACC!

We are thrilled that Sharon’s hard work and dedication have been rewarded and that the ACC has been able to play a small part in her continued contributions to the animal care sector. Congratulations, Sharon – your achievements are thoroughly deserved.