A family’s need for a tree change has also led to a rewarding career change for Mudgee resident and mother-of-two, Lyndall Pratt, who has swapped a busy career counting numbers for a promising future caring for animals.
After spending 20 years in the corporate accounting world, Mrs Pratt and her young family made the move from Brisbane to Mudgee in search of a quieter lifestyle. She soon realised it was also time for a change in career direction and decided to explore her love for animals by studying a Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing course at TAFE NSW Orange.
“After the move, I focused on settling our children into life in Mudgee, but being a stay at home mum wasn’t for me,” she said.
“The learning and mentoring that the wonderful teachers at TAFE NSW provide is second-to-none. Their relevant, practical experience and strong industry connections, together with my qualification have enabled me to get a job.
“I’m able to balance family time and work by studying through flexible delivery, only having to travel to Orange for classes once a month- it really suits my lifestyle.
“Being in the company of animals brings me great joy and it is very fulfilling to play a role in their care at Church Street Veterinary Hospital.”
Practice Manager of Church Street Veterinary Hospital, Lisa Tubnor, said Lyndall was a pleasure to work with and a great asset to the practice.
“Her skills and confidence have grown in all areas of our practice, including medical and surgical nursing, client communications and working as a valued member of our team,” she said.
“Considering her long history of working in accounting Lyndall has applied those skills to set-up a new stock-taking system for our practice.”
TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher, Bronwyn Bellamy, said Lyndall was a focused student who completed her work tasks to a high standard.
“Her new career path means so much to her and this is a perfect example of students coming to TAFE NSW to relaunch their career and be in a job they love by studying when it suits them,” she said.
Ms Bellamy said enrolments are now open for semester two at TAFE NSW. For more information on more than 1200 courses visit www.tafensw.edu.auor phone 131 601.