Vet students show paw-some talents

Veterinary nursing students Katie Thrift, Meg Mills, Sam Wilson, Mikaela Slattery and Tayla Danelon with teacher Kelli Johnston.
Veterinary nursing students Katie Thrift, Meg Mills, Sam Wilson, Mikaela Slattery and Tayla Danelon with teacher Kelli Johnston.

A talented group of animal studies students, including Canowindra’s Mikaela Slattery, 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 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.”

Mikaela has successfully gained employment with Blayney Veterinary Hospital.

“Every January we are approached by students who see themselves as veterinary nurses and are seeking workplace experience.

“These requests aren’t taken lightly by us – we weigh up their personal attributes and see if they are a good fit for our team,” Blayney Veterinary Hospital owner Dr Ruth Thompson said.

“Mikaela walked into the practice with a resume in hand and the first thing we noticed was how nicely she presented and how politely she introduced herself.

“After interviewing well, I had no hesitation in asking Michaela to join us - I just had the feeling she could be a future employee.

“As the year has progressed, we have found Mikaela to be a charming person, hard worker, an excellent colleague and very, very reliable.

“Now when another nurse or kennel assistant is unable to come to work it’s Mikaela we turn to because she’s part of the family now.”

Ms Johnston said this was just one story of success coming from participating veterinary clinics across the Central West who accept workplace students.

Other clinics involved include Stewart Street Veterinary Hospital Bathurst, Orange Veterinary Hospital, Canobolas Family Pet Hospital, Forbes Veterinary Clinic, Dubbo Veterinary Hospital, Blayney Veterinary Hospital and Mulberry Lane Vet Clinic.