A talented group of animal studies students are successfully putting their new-found skills to good use at a number of veterinary clinics across the Central West.
As part of their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course at TAFE NSW Orange, the 11 students are all participating in practical work placement two days a week, and producing some outstanding results.
“This particular class of students is really dedicated and focussed. This is matched equally by their enthusiasm – the feedback we’re receiving from the participating veterinary clinics has been really positive,” TAFE NSW Animal Studies Teacher Kelli Johnston said.
“The work placement component is essential to their training. It’s not only a fantastic opportunity to get into these veterinary clinics and show off their skills, but a really important chance for them to get real-life, hands-on learning experience from industry experts.
“The work placements began in February, and the fact that half of the class has already secured part-time employment at their respective clinics, not only proves how talented this class is, but also demonstrates the exciting employment outcomes as a result of studying at TAFE NSW.”
Tayla Danelon from Bathurst has successfully gained employment with Stewart Street Veterinary Clinic as a kennel hand.
“Tayla has become a valuable member here at Stewart Street Vets and has gone from a work placement student to a paid employee as a kennel hand in only a few months,” Stewart Street Veterinary Hospital Senior Veterinary Nurse Megan Consadine said.
“Tayla shows compassion and empathy towards the patients as well as the many foster kittens she has taken on for our cat adoption program.
“Tayla is keen to learn all she can about being a veterinary nurse, and all her strengths demonstrate what a great veterinary nurse she will eventually become once her course is complete.”
Ms Johnston said this was just one story of success coming from participating veterinary clinics across the Central West who accept workplace students, including: Stewart Street Veterinary Clinic Bathurst, Orange Veterinary Hospital, Canobolas Family Pet Hospital, Forbes Veterinary Clinic, Dubbo Veterinary Hospital, Blayney Veterinary Hospital, Mulberry Lane Vet Clinic and Bathurst Veterinary Hospital.
“TAFE NSW has a number of semester two courses available now for anyone looking to start an exciting career working with animals. For information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601,” Ms Johnston said.