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With employment opportunities in the veterinary industry expected to
grow strongly over the next five years, there is no better time for
animal lovers to be considering a rewarding career caring for all
creatures great and small.
According to Australian statistics, there will be more than 7,000 new
job opportunities for Veterinarians in NSW over the next five years.
TAFE NSW research also reveals that out of the animal attendant and
trainers sector, the Veterinary Nurse occupation will receive the
largest employment growth until 2022, with almost 100 additional
workers needed for this role in NSW.
Wellington resident and self-proclaimed animal lover, Natacha
Richards is now working in her dream career as a Veterinary Nurse,
thanks to her studies at TAFE NSW.
“People would always say that I should work with animals and when I
was at school there was no clear direction to any animal profession.
It wasn’t until later in my working life that I looked at becoming a
zoo keeper,” Ms Richards said.
“I decided to study a number of courses at TAFE NSW including a
Certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate III in Captive
Animals whilst volunteering at zoos and I felt that a Certificate IV
in Veterinary Nursing would be the next step in my career development.”
Ms Richards studied the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE
NSW Orange by blended delivery, which included online learning and
traveling to Orange for a hands-on face-to-face class once per month.
“I felt really supported being able to study at my own pace and
complete work placement at a local clinic as part of the course. I am
now working as a Veterinary Nurse at the clinic where I undertook my
“I have learnt so many skills at TAFE NSW and the course gave me the
confidence to approach each situation in the clinic on my work placement.
“I love being able to assist Vets to find the cause of their patients
presenting symptoms and to see the animals leave the clinic happy and
healthy or at least well looked after.
“Once I have worked for at least another year at the clinic, I plan
on traveling to Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia to work with animals and
local Vets,” Ms Richards said.
TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher, Michelle Bond, said Natacha was a
passionate animal lover who was dedicated to the industry and her work placements.
“Natacha is the perfect example of students coming to TAFE NSW to get
the hands-on skills and experience to be in a job they love.”
TAFE NSW has a range of animal studies courses available for Semester
1 enrolment. Visit www.tafensw.edu.au or
phone 131 601 for more information.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338
2509, mobile 0427 901 515.