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Passion Meets Purpose: 2023 Graduates in Veterinary Nursing

On Thursday 14 December 2023, we were excited to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our 2023 veterinary nursing graduates. The evening was attended by close to 200 guests, including proud graduates and their families and friends, and marked a significant milestone in the journeys of these dedicated individuals.

“We’re immensely proud of all our students for what they have accomplished,” Dr. Anne Beugelaar commented. “It was such a lovely occasion to see all the happy students with their families so proud of their achievements. Their smiling faces were wonderful! It made me feel very proud. We’re so excited to witness the positive impact they are bound to make in the veterinary industry.”

We heard from key AVT Trainer and Assessors, students who passionately represented their cohorts, and the esteemed guest speaker and award presenter, Tracey Woods from the Vet Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA). The ceremony included the formal presentation of certificates and the announcement of our annual special recognition awards.

This year, the exceptional calibre of our graduates posed a unique challenge as we found it impossible to decide on just one recipient for the coveted Student of the Year Award. We proudly awarded the Student of the Year title to two students, acknowledging their outstanding achievement both academically and practically throughout their course.

We’d like to extend a congratulations to all graduates, especially those who could not attend the graduation. We would also like to congratulate those who have already secured employment! We’re eagerly anticipating hearing all about your experiences and adventures.

May your journey be filled with continued success and a profound sense of purpose as you contribute to the health and safety of animals. Your passion has met its purpose, and the future of the veterinary industry shines brighter because of it.


Emma Goldman, Danielle Kelly, Elsie Duffy, Teleah Wilcox, Julia Risch and Jaimee Hojeij (left to right)

2023 Veterinary Nursing Graduate Award Winners

  • Julia Risch: Student of the Year for Veterinary Nursing
  • Megan Hunter: Student of the Year for Veterinary Nursing
  • Danielle Kelly: Certificate of Merit for Vet Nursing (On-Campus Studies Full-Time)
  • Teleah Wilcox: Certificate of Merit for Vet Nursing (On-Campus Studies Part-Time)
  • Emma Goldman: Certificate of Merit for Vet Nursing (Blended Learning)
  • Elsie Duffy: Workplace Excellence Award
  • Jaimee Hojeij: VNCA Achievement Award

Julia Risch with Dr Jesslyn Seet (AVT)

Megan Hunter with Dr Anne Beugelaar (AVT)

Danielle Kelly with Helen Binks (AVT)

Teleah Wilcox with Helen Binks (AVT)

Emma Goldman with Ann-Marie Moyles (AVT)

Elsie Duffy with Caitlyn Nicholson (AVT)

Jaimee Hojeij with Tracey Woods (VNCA)

As Perth’s one and only dedicated animal care college and registered training organisation, we can offer our students unparalleled training, expertise, and opportunity. More than 80% of our veterinary nursing graduates secure employment 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, blended 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 experiences that they wouldn’t find almost anywhere else. It’s one of the major reasons aspiring veterinary nurses and animal care workers 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 2023 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 wish them the best of luck moving forward.

For those thinking about starting their journey to veterinary nursing, applications are currently open for our Certificate II in Animal Care – Veterinary Nursing Pathway qualification. This course has been specifically designed towards aspiring veterinary nurses and ensures students acquire essential skills and knowledge in simulated environments.

Appreciation and thank you

We thank the 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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