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Imagine turning your love for animals into a rewarding and satisfying career. Animal care careers offer new challenges and a chance to work in a strong growth industry.

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Discover the careers behind the famous Australian horse industry, and the speed and excitement of racing.

Veterinary nursing is a rewarding and challenging career. It is a hands on occupation that brings you into contact with many animals and their owners. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a national qualification recognised in all states of Australia, the industry standard for people wishing to operate as a veterinary nurse within a veterinary practice.

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Zookeeping careers embrace all captive animal environments and touch on everything from tourism to vet nursing. Animal attendants are also an in-demand career.

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Darek Figa

Animal studies is no monkey business

“Sharing these experiences, and in-field knowledge, with students is something you can't get from a class room.”

Darek Figa - TAFE NSW Animal Studies teacher

Darek Figa is building strong relationships between TAFE NSW and organisations like the National Zoo and Aquarium. However, it is this teacher’s experience and enthusiasm that takes him and his students further afield – overseas and along the tropical rivers of Asia.

“Students become educated through doing, seeing and being - in the correct context of an industry that they want to access."

A director at Orangutan Foundation International Australia (OFIA), Darek regularly leads TAFE NSW study tours to Borneo.

“I'm very passionate about wildlife conservation and animal behaviour,” says Darek. “And I love sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with students.”

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What job opportunities could an animal care or horse industry course lead to?

An animal care and horse industry course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from grooming show dogs to taming lions. Qualifications in animal care and horse industry can lead to a job as an animal trainer, zookeeper, veterinary nurse, wildlife carer or pet shop attendant. The average weekly salary for an animal trainer is $961.

Whether you're just starting out in your animal care and horse industry career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE courses in the area include Veterinary Nursing, Aquaculture, Pet Grooming, Animal Studies, Captive Animals, Farriery and Intensive Foal Nursing.