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Topping The Class: 2021 Graduates in Veterinary Nursing

Thursday, December 16th, 2021 marked the day AVT acknowledged our newest graduates with their qualifications in veterinary nursing. We were proud to celebrate our students’ achievements with a formal award ceremony. 

Vet nursing graduates

Jennifer – Student of the Year and Helen – VNCA Achievement Award

We’re pleased to announce that this year we honoured over 100 qualifying graduates. Along with their closest friends and family we had over 200 people attend this year’s ceremony. Celebrations included each student being presented with their certificate. These certificates signify the years of work and dedication each student has gone through in the pursuit of living their dream. Having come this far, their efforts have earned each of them the right to take their goals and their desire to work with animals to the next level. 

Top students were also presented with special recognition awards. Of particular note is our Student of the Year Awards in Veterinary Nursing as well as the VNCA achievement award. This award is presented by the Vet Nurses Council of Australia and is awarded to one Vet Nursing student who has demonstrated their character as an ambassador for all nursing students collectively. These distinctions allow us to reward the exceptional qualities of our students, all of whom deserve recognition for making it as far as they have. 

2021 Veterinary Nursing Award Winners

  • Jennifer Wakeman – Student of the Year Veterinary Nursing
  • Madeleine Reid – Workplace Excellence Award
  • Serena Forte – Certificate of Merit for Vet Nursing (On-Campus studies)
  • Helen Cargill – VNCA Achievement Award
  • Evana Hanna – Certificate of Merit for Vet Nursing (On-Campus studies)
Veterinary Nursing graduates 2021 - Perth Australia

Jennifer Wakeman, Madeleine Reid, Serena Forte, Helen Cargill, Evana Hanna (Left to Right)

As Perth’s one and only dedicated animal care college and registered training organisation, we’re able to offer our students an unparalleled level of training, expertise, and opportunity. More than 80% of our veterinary nursing graduates go on to secure employment either during their training or soon after. We work with numerous professional partners to ensure that our standards of education meet the demands of the veterinary field across Australia and beyond. This also enables us to offer our students access to professional mentors, employers, and other relationships that can get them started on building a successful career while they’re learning. 

Our courses can be completed online or on-campus. Positions on-campus are highly competitive, as we offer workplace training in Perth’s leading veterinary organisations and animal care facilities including the RSPCA, Greyhounds as Pets and Cat Haven.

Our students have access to resources and experience that they wouldn’t find almost anywhere else. It’s one of the major reasons aspiring veterinary nurses and animal care workers from around the country look to us to pursue their dreams.

Earning a qualification, whether online or on-campus, is a rewarding and insightful journey in itself that has the potential to transform lives. Our students haven’t simply earned a certificate, they’ve acquired some of the most profound knowledge in the world pertaining to their chosen career paths.  Having completed their course work and proven themselves beyond the highest standards, we expect each of our 2021 graduates to look forward to a bright and fulfilling future. The hard work and perseverance it takes to make it this far is worth our most sincere congratulations. With respect to every graduate, their friends, and their families, we’d like to wish them the best of luck moving forward. Applications to start a pathway to Vet Nursing in 2022 are available now. Learn more  

Appreciation and thank you

We thank the many supporting industry partners we work with. Including many of Perth’s leading veterinary hospitals, welfare organisations, wildlife and rehabilitation centres, kennels, catteries, animal daycare centres and other animal-related businesses. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you also to the VNCA for supporting our award ceremony.


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A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 89.5% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95.5% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

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Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They are approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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