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With employment growth for Veterinary Nurses expected to grow by thirteen per cent by 2024[1], there is no better time for animal lovers to consider a rewarding career caring for all creatures great and small.

St Clair local and self-proclaimed animal lover, Cassie Weatherstone is studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Richmond after making a career switch.

“I was previously working in the hospitality and makeup industries, but I wanted a job that was more consistent, so I decided to follow my passion for animals,” Ms Weatherstone said.

“I have learnt so many skills at TAFE NSW and the course gave me the confidence to approach each situation in the clinic during my work placement.

“The facilities at TAFE NSW Richmond are awesome - the campus is similar to a farm with livestock around. A highlight of the course so far was carrying out vaccinations on lambs.”

Ms Weatherstone encouraged others who are interested in a career in the Veterinary Services industry to get their foot in the door.

“If you are thinking about becoming a vet nurse but don’t know where to start, my advice is to get some reception or cleaning work at a vet clinic first. You would be surprised how much you can learn about the job just by cleaning the clinic.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Animal Science, Wayne Boyde, said whether you’re looking to start your career or broaden your skills to get the job you want, TAFE NSW offers a variety of courses that equip students with the job-ready skills to be able to work in a variety of animal care fields.

“TAFE NSW students gain knowledge of what it is like to work as a vet nurse in veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, marine biology and RSPCA care, and as a park ranger, pet groomer, and zoo and park attendant.”

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

To explore the range of animal studies courses available at TAFE NSW visit or phone 131 601 for more information.


Media contact: Kellie Dillon, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,,  02 9217 4220.