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Choose the right pet for your family with tips from TAFE NSW animal experts

Choose the right pet for your family with tips from TAFE NSW animal experts

As the festive season draws near, many families find themselves contemplating the addition of a furry friend to their household. TAFE NSW teachers are sharing their expert tips on choosing the right pet for your family. 

Almost half of all Australian households have at least one dog and a third of households own a cat, with these two furry favourites accounting for 81% of our household pets. 

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Animal Studies, Lisa Tubnor, encourages families to do their research before committing to bringing a new pet home. 

“No matter what pet you are thinking of getting, it’s important to understand their needs and ensure you can provide the right environment to meet those needs,” Lisa said. 

“This not only includes the type of home you have, but also the time you can commit to spending with them, whether that be in terms of grooming and maintenance or social interaction and exercise. 

“Different species have different needs, for example some fish and guinea pigs like to live in groups of two or more, dogs typically like lots of space to run and play, so it’s important to consider what you’re able to offer as a pet owner. 

“If you’re looking for a lower maintenance pet a bearded dragon or blue tongue lizard are a great idea, they are easy to care for but still have their own personalities, just make sure you comply with the licensing requirements in your state. 

“Consider the life span of your chosen pet and ensure you understand that you are committing to looking after them for their whole life, whether that be 12-15 years for a dog or 50 years for a cockatoo – it’s a big commitment!” 

Lisa’s top tips for choosing the right pet for your family include: 

  1. Ask yourself why you want this pet – this sets a good foundation for why you are committing to them for their life. 
  2. Do your research to understand the welfare and enrichment needs of your chosen pet. 
  3. Make sure you have the right amount of space and time to give to your pet. 
  4. Budget for preventative health care to avoid physical or behavioural problems down the track. 
  5. Consult your household, check for allergies and a commitment from everyone to care for the pet.  

For pet owners or animal lovers, Lisa says there are a range of TAFE NSW courses that can provide the skills required to appropriately care for animals. 

“We offer short courses in dog grooming and feline behaviour, Certificate II in Animals studies, right through to qualifications in Veterinary Nursing and Zookeeping,” Lisa said. 

“So, whether you’re looking to better care for your pet or you’re searching for a career change, get in touch with your local campus to see how we can help you.” 

For more information on courses in Animal Care, visit