If you are looking to get into a career caring for animals or a career in veterinary nursing, there are a few things you should know about choosing a suitable course.
Firstly, after a quick website search you will find there are two types of courses offered, accredited and non accredited. A vocational education and training (or VET) accredited course has the following characteristics:
There are many institutions throughout Australia offering a range of courses in the area of animal care. However, there are only a few courses that are industry recognised and also deemed a "Nationally Recognised Qualification." These courses are regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority or ASQA (Australian Government).
Courses that are non-accredited may still be useful for increasing your knowledge and skills, but they won't help you receive an accreditation. Courses that don't have the VET designation and that haven't been approved by ASQA are not accredited.
There are many benefits in choosing an accredited course.
Just about any type of course can be accredited. You can search training.gov.au to find a course that covers topics you are interested in.
One of the most surefire ways to see whether the course is accredited is to check the Australian Government's website, training.gov.au. You can search for the course, then check the training provider you are researching is approved to offer the course.
RTO stands for Registered Training Organisation, and it is one of the things that indicate who is allowed to deliver an accredited course.
There are two ways you can identify an RTO. Firstly look out for the NRT logo and secondly an RTO provider number. An RTO number must be displayed on an RTO's advertising materials including their website.
We have been training animal care, horse care and veterinary nursing students for over 20 years in Australia. Students who undertake AVT courses range from high school-aged students just starting their pre-vocational journey right through to mature-aged students seeking an alternative career path. Graduates are highly respected and sought after by industry professionals, businesses and organisations. If you want the background knowledge and skills to help you secure your career in the animal care industry, check out our nationally recognised qualifications here or sharpen your skills in one of our workshops.
A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report for Applied Vocational Training graduates found:-