Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s brand new £ 3million animal care facility in Coleg Glynllifon was officially opened by Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural and North Wales Affairs and Trefnydd.
The new Animal Care Center, funded by the 21st Century Welsh Government Schools and Colleges Program, houses the college’s full range of animal care courses, including Level 1 Land Studies, Animal Care level 2 and level 3 animal management.
Apprenticeships in veterinary nursing and veterinary assistants are also available through the new center with a dedicated veterinary nursing laboratory for students to prepare for external practical exams related to the learning environment.
Small animals, such as geckos, snakes, frogs and eagle owls, were moved to the Center after the completion of a multi-million pound renovation project over the summer, and the studies began in September 2021.
During the official opening, Thursday, November 18, the Minister visited the Center and welcomed the new development.
Speaking at the official opening at Coleg Glynllifon, Rural and North Wales Minister Lesley Griffiths MS said: “It has been a great pleasure to officially open the new Animal Care Center to Coleg Glynllifon. It is a fantastic resource for the region, which will play a key role in developing skills and opportunities for Glynllifon learners to join the local workforce, in preparation for their future careers in the land sector.
“It’s great to see the impact of the Welsh Government’s investment through the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Program.
Martin Jardine, Agribusiness Director of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said: “It is very exciting to see some of the old farm buildings in Glynllifon being renovated for a new use in this way. The original buildings date from the 1850s and have received little use in recent decades.
“This development will build on Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s contribution to the agricultural sector, and in particular the animal care sector here in North West Wales.
“The Animal Care Center represents a very significant investment and offers our students the best educational resources and equipment possible. This unique facility is already proving to be very popular among students and the feedback from our first cohort to study here has been overwhelmingly positive.
Dafydd Evans, Managing Director of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said: “It has been a privilege to welcome the Minister to visit the new animal care center in Glynllifon, and we are especially grateful to the Welsh government for supporting the development.
“This sector is a growth sector in the North Wales economy. Our hope is that it will pay off in terms of jobs and opportunities over the next decades. “
He added: ‘In addition to this important development, one of the main projects of the North Wales Growth Agreement has been set aside for Glynllifon, to develop a £ 13million rural economy center. .
“These developments demonstrate our commitment to the Glynllifon campus which will surely position Glynllifon as one of the leading agricultural colleges in Wales. It is an exciting time to say the least.