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TAFE NSW sets Sydney veterinary nurse on course to boost native conservation awareness

TAFE NSW sets Sydney veterinary nurse on course to boost native conservation awareness

A TAFE NSW veterinary nurse graduate is working to inspire the next generation into the in-demand career through an upcoming book series she has authored about native wildlife conservation.

More than 2,000 new veterinary nurses are needed by 2026, and TAFE NSW is helping meet this industry demand by delivering a pipeline of workers through its Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Brie Heinrich studied that course through TAFE NSW, and since graduating, has found her dream job working for a mobile veterinary clinic in Sydney and made regular appearances as a cast member on the hit TV show Bondi Vet, sharing the knowledge and skills she learned at TAFE NSW with viewers.

“I always had an affinity with animals and wanted to work in a career where I could help make a difference,” Ms Heinrich said.

“Studying veterinary nursing at TAFE NSW was the perfect fit for me because it pieced together those two goals, as well as giving me the practical skills I needed to launch my career and work in a role I love.

“Between studying and completing more than two years of work placements through TAFE NSW, I had the necessary foundations for my veterinary career. This experience, and the skills I gained, really allowed my career to bloom.”

Ms Heinrich is now diversifying her career further in a mission to boost native wildlife conservation and attract the next generation into animal care roles. She has authored a new book series with her colleague and friend Dr Audrey Shen, which will be released in the coming months.

“We wanted everyone to fall in love with our wildlife patients the way we have, to bring awareness to the importance of protecting these species. Each children’s book will have a story about different wildlife species and highlight fun facts,” Ms Heinrich said.

“We hope this series will generate excitement, develop knowledge, and inspire the next generation to help protect and love our native wildlife.

“As a community, we have a duty to protect and nurture our Australian wildlife and provide education for our current and future generations.”

TAFE NSW Animal Science Head Teacher, Erica Steppat, said TAFE NSW is playing a key role in delivering more veterinary nurses to the industry.

“Veterinary nursing is a growth industry, and TAFE NSW is delivering a pipeline of workers to meet that industry demand through the courses we offer,” Dr Steppat said.

“Brie’s journey highlights how TAFE NSW builds practical skills and industry-specific knowledge among our students, so they can secure the job they want and start achieving career success.”  

Ms Heinrich said her career has grown thanks to the skills and confidence she learnt through her studies at TAFE NSW, and hopes others consider a career in veterinary nursing.

“If I could go back in time and visit my younger self and tell her what we have accomplished and achieved, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Ms Heinrich said.

“If you love animals and science, veterinary nursing is an excellent career choice. It’s a tough career, but it is so incredibly rewarding.

“I love my job, and it is a huge part of who I am; I feel very grateful to work with a wonderful team knowing we make positive changes in our patients’ lives every day.”


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