As World Animal Day takes place on 4 October, it is a timely reminder of the huge demand for new veterinary workers.

With pets now outnumbering humans in Australia, Celia Innes, Animal Studies Teacher at TAFE NSW, said she has never seen a such a high demand for vets and vet nurses.

“Employers are screaming out for staff right now – there is an incredible boom taking place in the animal services sector so there are job opportunities galore.

The hands-on practical courses offered at TAFE NSW ensure students can graduate on Friday and walk into a vet clinic with all the skills to start work on Monday.

“If you have a love for animals, veterinary nursing is an incredibly rewarding profession. Helping an animal that comes in sick recover and watching them go home happy and well with their owner is the best feeling in the world.”

Hannah Murphy, who recently studied a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE NSW Gosford, recently landed her dream job as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse at Beach and Bay Vet.

“It’s a very rewarding career, there’s nothing better than sending home a healthy animal.

“The TAFE NSW training took me three steps forward in my career. I am now at the stage on doing anaesthetics and aiding in putting catheters in animals and sometimes that just involves a bit of cuddling so it’s a pretty good field to work in.”

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