How to work with animals - a guide to getting started

AVT History

Applied Vocational Training (AVT) was formed in 1999 in Perth, Western Australia, by Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses looking to provide quality training for students seeking qualifications as a Veterinary Nurse and gaining employment in the veterinary industry. Over the years, we have extended our range of courses and nationally recognised certificates to include qualifications in Animal Studies, Animal Care, Horse Care and Animal Behaviour and Training. Our courses allow students to enter a diverse range of roles within the animal and pet care industry particularly those starting their careers.

Qualified industry professionals

Our animal studies courses were formerly offered by Animal Science College, managed and operated by the owners of Applied Vocational Training since commencement. Applied Vocational Training now offer the complete education pathway for students wishing to gain qualifications across the animal care and services related industry.

Courses are provided by our team of qualified and experienced Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses and Animal Scientists. Our lecturers and tutors are active members of either the veterinary profession or are involved in the animal care industry. They also have recognised training qualifications and have significant experience teaching in University and/or TAFE programs. You can meet our team here.

Our online program attracts students from all over Australia

Over 500 students are enrolled in our on-campus and supported eLearning programs. Our graduates are employed in a variety of areas including veterinary practice, zoos, government agencies such as quarantine services, welfare organisations, wildlife and rehabilitation and other animal care facilities.

We are located in Ascot (as of 2022), Western Australia, (9km from Perth CBD). Our purpose-built training centre provides on-campus students with a modern learning facility and access to a practical laboratory as well as equipment and products used in the veterinary and animal care industry. Students also enjoy free Wi-Fi services, a student lounge including an outdoor garden area as well being a short walking distance to eateries and public transport.

Nationally Recognised

AVT is a Registered Training Organisation, and offers nationally recognised qualifications!

Government Subsidised

AVT is approved to offer a range of government funded subsidies for selected courses.

20 Years in Education

AVT have focused on delivering animal care related courses for over 20 years.

Our Team

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Dr Anne Beugelaar

Anne has had over 20 years of experience within the veterinary industry and has an...
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Skye Dalton

Skye has 13 years’ experience working as a Veterinary Nurse, mainly in General Practice Veterinary...
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Penny Laycock

Penny is passionate about empowering nurses to be the best they can be and to...

Amanda Burnell

Amanda grew up in Perth, Western Australia and decided at a young age that she...
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Dr Jesslyn Seet

Jess came to Australia from Singapore to study Biomedical Science at Murdoch University and completed...
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Dr Liz Woodberry

Liz graduated in 2007 from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine...

Dr Aimee Linton

Aimee was born and educated in the UK. She graduated from Bristol Vet School in...
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Dr Julia Koffel 

Julia was introduced to the veterinary world working as a vet nurse whilst undertaking her...
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Ann-Marie Moyles

Ann-Marie graduated with a Diploma in veterinary nursing from University College, Dublin, Ireland in 2009....

Dr Lindsey Raeburn

Lindsey was born and raised in Scotland, surrounded by a menagerie of animals. During university,...

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Applied Vocational Training is a private training provider registered with the ASQA (the Australian Skills Quality Authority). We are also supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration number is 5273 and our registration authority can be viewed on the Australian Government’s National Register of VET by visiting For more information we also encourage you to visit the following links:-

As an RTO, Applied Vocational Training is bound to comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs) 2015. Training Services provided to clients follow policies and processes developed to meet the VET Quality Framework and SRTOs 2015. Select this link to view our full Student Policy Handbook We strongly recommend you search the website for any training organisation you maybe considering.

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Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been delivering Vet Nursing and Animal Care related courses for over 20 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Outstanding Track Record

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 93% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

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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