Consider a career in animal care

Emma Mayne from Gosford recently completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and encourages others to consider a career in the industry to meet the growing demand for wildlife rehabilitation caregivers.

After getting her Gosford TAFE certification, Mayne got a job with ARH Vets as an animal attendant where she looks after animals in emergencies.

“TAFE NSW taught me so many practical skills and improved my knowledge tremendously,” she said.

“The learning and mentoring that the wonderful teachers provide is second to none.

“Their relevant and practical experience and strong industry connections, along with my qualification, have allowed me to progress in my career.

“We see all kinds of animals going through an emergency, including pets and native wildlife.

“Just recently, I helped care for kangaroos, tawny frogs, echidnas and kookaburras.

“TAFE NSW’s passionate teachers prepared me for the job as they all have a long history in the industry.”

A TAFE spokesperson said recently released statistics revealed that the number of animals requiring care due to collisions with cars and recent natural weather events has increased.

“This comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with more cars on the road in NSW and after bushfires and flooding,” the spokesperson said.

“According to data from NSW Wildlife Rehabilitation, in 2014 there were 3,157 animal rescues in Gosford; this number has increased year on year and in 2020, 6,127 animals were rescued, an increase of 94%.

TAFE NSW animal services teacher Emma Whitlock said students were exposed to wildlife care in a hands-on way.

“It’s important for students to learn the basics of animal care in real-life situations,” she said.

“Upon graduation, TAFE NSW students are job ready and fully equipped to enter any animal institution to practice what they have learned.”

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Press release, February 7


Benjamin M. Yerger