A small group of Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College students from China have enjoyed spending the past four weeks learning important veterinary skills at TAFE Western’s Orange College.
TAFE Western Teacher Animal Studies Fiona McCauley said the students spent Monday and Tuesdays each week completing theory work, Wednesdays were spent completing practical activities with teachers Gillian Carter and Kelli Johnston, with Thursday focused on industry visits with Deb Coleman.
“During their time with TAFE Western they have already learnt about zoonotic disease, how to recognise and respond in an emergency, how to use basic first aid measures, basic nursing techniques and methods of administering medication,” she said.
“They have also received advice on how to provide quality nursing care for animals, how to best monitor animals, treatments and bandaging techniques.
“The Jiangsu students have gained these skills from TAFE Western’s industry experts and the important skills they are learning will prove very beneficial when they return to their own country.”
Ms McCauley said the students had thoroughly enjoyed industry visits to Bill Pets Paradise in Bathurst, various Veterinary Clinics around Orange, Mullion Produce and Country Myals Boarding Kennels in Orange and Dubbo TAFE Western shearing and woolclassing sections.
“The students also really loved visiting Nakadoo at Coonamble,” Ms McCauley added.
“While they were there they enjoyed cooking their own food on the campfire and were really fascinated by the historical features and history of Australia.
“Obviously the petting and nursing areas were very popular. They loved the down-to-earth nature at Nakadoo.”
The students will now spend the next week in Orange learning how to collect biological samples, perform pathology procedures, how to take samples, the microscopic analysis of slides and how to assist with post mortem examination.