A UNIQUE centre that brings people and animals together for innovative study in a quiet corner of the Isle, is set to expand.
The Haxey Study Centre offers a mass of training opportunities in subjects that range from canine skills and animal care, to horticulture, furniture restoration, music technology and art and design.
It is renowned across the world for its excellence in canine courses, led by dog expert Angela White, 55, who is just back from a lecturing assignment in India, and has nine books exploring and explaining the canine world, to her name.
Along with husband Mike, 66, and facility manager son Daniel, 30, she heads a carefully chosen team of five in providing tuition to adults and children from across Europe, and now extending to Asia.
Distance learning is a well-used option, and very soon the centre will offer Open College Network courses.
But although the team hope to move its study centre and animal block into new builds just 400 metres from its current base in its 20 acre Haxey Carr site, it has stressed that group tuition will remain small.
“We hope to move in to new premises as soon as we hopefully get the go-ahead from the council’s planning team,” said Mike. “It’s not a huge expansion of the business, rather a necessity as the old buildings are getting worn.”
Many locals are unaware of the scale and depth of training on offer at the centre which caters for all ages and abilities, with special packages for vulnerable youngsters or those who may not cope with the mainstream school system.
Nationally and internationally recognised accreditors including the Kennel Club offer awards and qualifications, and the canine side, that takes in everything from working trials to musical freestyle, remains the biggest part of the business, Mike told the Bells.
Animal friends and birds that are currently in residence Haxey include owls, geckos, snakes and chameleons, chinchila and chipmunks. There are mini-beasts such as tarantulas, scorpions and giant African snails, with pigs, sheep and cats and dogs.
Every aspect of animal or dog care is covered on courses that lead to a range of fully-recognised awards. Even search and rescue dogs from the emergency teams that cover Yorkshire and Humberside visit Haxey to train under Angela’s watchful eye. And those who wish to become instructors in canine skills can become qualified on site.
The International Animal Behaviour Training Centre with its many study options has run for 18 years, and covers some uncommon animal-related areas.
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