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It was a love for animals, rather than the growing demand for animal
attendants and veterinary nurses, that encouraged a number of TAFE NSW
students to broaden their skills caring for all things great and small.
It couldn’t be a better time for the students to be considering a
career in the animal care industry with the Australian Government Jobs
Outlook report revealing that the number of animal attendants and
trainers is expected to grow strongly over the next five years from
15,100 to 17,100. There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings in
this industry Australia-wide during this time.
TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher, Michelle Bond, 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 will equip students
with the job-ready skills to be able to work in a variety of animal
“Students will gain knowledge of what it is like to work as a vet
nurse in boarding kennels, as park rangers and pet groomers to marine
biology, RSPCA care, zoo and park attendants.”
Self-confessed animal lover, 20-year-old Grace Ranger, was able to
secure work at as a full-time vet nurse at the Warren Veterinary
Clinic after completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies and a
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW.
“I’ve always had a passion for animals and have learnt how to work
with them and communicate better with clients by studying the
courses,” Ms Ranger said.
“I really enjoyed the flexibility of the courses and only having to
attend classes one or two days per week. The teachers were so
supportive and really encouraged me to keep going with my studies.”
Nyngan resident, 42-year-old Leonie Ryan, completed a Certificate II
in Animal Care at TAFE NSW Nyngan and is now running a local business
with her husband Tim.
“Studying at TAFE NSW gave me the chance to learn something new as an
adult, with other adults in the same situation, together with the
fantastic support network at TAFE NSW.
“You’re never too late to learn and challenge yourself. The only
failure is not having a go or striving to do your best.”
For more information on animal care and services course phone 13 16
01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338
2509, mobile 0427 901 515