Wagg Foods Sponsors Vet Student Through Five Year Course

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Wagg Foods sponsors vet student through five-year course
18th May 2011



Leading dry pet food manufacturer Wagg is sponsoring a student at Liverpool University through her veterinary science degree.

Sophie Redfern has already completed an undergraduate degree in medicinal chemistry, but was so determined to pursue her dream of becoming a vet that she took on a second degree in veterinary science, committing to £18,900 a year in tuition fees, a staggering £94,500 in total.

The committed student approached a number of pet food companies for funding to help her through her degree and received a ‘generous’ offer from Yorkshire-based Wagg Foods, which pledged an annual donation to go towards Sophie’s studies.

Sophie has gone to incredible lengths in attempt to raise nearly £100,000, the funding needed to pursue her dream career. 

After graduating from her first degree, she spent two years juggling two jobs to try to raise the cash and each academic year writes to more than 50 charitable funds to ask for help.  She has also taken part in sponsored runs and is currently investigating taking part in a sponsored sky dive.

Tom Page, sales and marketing director at Wagg, said: “I was delighted to hear from Sophie and jumped at the chance to sponsor her.  She is such a committed, hardworking individual and is pursuing her dream of becoming a vet at considerable personal cost.  Her passion for the profession is admirable and I wish her all the very best in the remainder of her studies.”

Sophie, who passed her first and second year exams with flying colours, said: “I was so happy with the kind sponsorship offer from Wagg and it will certainly go a long way towards helping with my tuition fees.  I’m really enjoying my course and can’t wait until the day I am a fully qualified vet.”