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Turn a love of animals into a career

When your job is a dream job

Anita Westley is a self-confessed animal lover. She says working at Forbes Veterinary Clinic is a dream come true.

Anita is now a fully qualified veterinary nurse, and winner of the Forbes Business Chamber’s 'Tradie of the Year' award earlier this year. However, it was a dream that took some concentrated and focused effort to realise.

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After graduating from high school, Anita enrolled in a Veterinary Nursing course, studying at TAFE NSW two days a week, then spending two days at Forbes Veterinary Clinic getting hands-on training.

With more than 25,000 industry connections, TAFE NSW is able to ensure that students like Anita get real world experience.

After completing her course, Anita’s talents were rewarded with the offer of full-time employment, as a veterinary nurse at the clinic she did her training in.

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“My experience with TAFE NSW was positive,” Anita says. “The teachers were very supportive and encouraging, often coming to my workplace to see how my practical skills were progressing.”

One person who isn't surprised by Anita’s success, is TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher, Kelli Johnston, who described the Forbes local as a 'talented, hard-working student, with a big future in the industry’.

“Anita has a lovely warm compassionate persona which is suited perfectly to a career in veterinary nursing,” Kelli says.

“Anita is proof that if you are willing to work hard you can realise your dreams. “If you are willing to get in there and have a go, anything is possible.”

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