TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region students spent a day at the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) Education Centre.
The motivation behind the one day refuge animal care program is to give students a better understanding of the needs of cats and dogs in a shelter facility and to show future animal carers how the AWLQ assist the animals within the community.
Students were given a tour of the AWLQ vet clinic facility and they were able to get a first-hand look at the role that vets and vet nurses play within the shelter.
The class learned animal enrichment techniques and gained hands-on experience in the AWLQ's dog enrichment program. They even got to roll their sleeves up and experience dog hydrobathing and dog grooming.
TAFE Queensland Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing student Linisha Yalden said the experience was all she could have hoped for.
"I changed careers from hospitality to veterinary nursing because of my love for animals," said Linisha.
"Spending the day at the AWLQ has just been incredible, we have gained invaluable insights into how the shelter is run and how the animals are cared for," she said.
The AWLQ is an organisation that re-homes and cares for up to 17,500 stray, surrendered and abandoned animals a year.
Veterinary Nursing teacher Lara Cooke said a career working with animals is one that will always satisfy you.
"Being able to work with animals is an extremely rewarding career choice. The unconditional love, companionship and fulfilment you get from helping animals is extremely rewarding," she said.
"The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will give you everything you need to be able to work in a veterinary hospital and care for your furry patients. You will learn all aspects of veterinary nursing including surgery, diagnostics, radiography, theatre and medical nursing."
"I encourage anyone looking to start their career or make a career change to enrol in this course," she said.
For more information on TAFE courses visit www.tafegoldcoast.edu.au