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In preparation for students returning to college at our Bentley Campus, this is our official release of rules governing on-campus attendance.

Student attendance

Students are expected to attend classes unless otherwise agreed.  Students MUST NOT attend campus if they:
  • are currently unwell or are experiencing any of the following symptoms associated with COVD-19 including:-
    • Fever
    • Cough or sore throat
    • Flu or cold-like symptoms
    • Shortness of breath
  • have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

AVT Safety measures for on-campus training and assessment

Physical and social distancing measures in the classroom, clinical skills lab and common areas including the following protocols. Students:-
  • must avoid physical contact with each other and remain at least 1.5 metre distance from others;
  • must adhere to all signage onsite regarding physical and social distancing, including maximum capacity of the clinical skills lab and other common areas;
  • are encouraged to eat lunch at their desk or outside taking a chair with them to maintain social distancing;
  • are restricted from accessing the administration suite; 
  • must follow the permanent seating plan in place to avoid desk swapping
Daily cleaning and sanitising.  AVT is committed to:-
  • Rigorous cleaning and sanitising on a daily basis, especially of high touchpoints such as doors and door handles.
  • Providing hand soap, disposable hand towels and hand sanitiser.
Students will be required to:
  • clean individual desks and chairs at the beginning and end of each day.
  • use hand sanitiser before touching door handles.
  • refer to onsite information including posters on respiratory etiquette and hand washing techniques
  • assist in undertaking a daily cleaning routine for communal lunch/ break areas immediately after use
 

While the Coronavirus outbreak continues as an ongoing public health emergency, its incidence rate, here in Australia, is showing signs of slowing. This has seen the Western Australian Government announce a "soft term 2 opening for public schools". Full details of this announcement can be read here covid-19-coronavirus-advice-schools-and-education.

The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and with the continuation of the social distancing recommendations, veterinary nursing, full time on-campus students are not required to attend campus based lessons. Online delivery will continue, until further notified, and alternative arrangements are being made for practical sessions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our student support team is here for you as always. 

 

Our teaching and student support team are committed to the delivery of all on-campus and online courses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes presenting on-campus material via online live interactive lectures as well as offering additional teaching and student support where needed.

Over the past few days we have had numerous questions from students about work placements as well as other concerns. For more information, we encourage current and prospective students to access the frequently asked questions below. If our FAQ's do not answer your question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our student support team is here for you as always. 

Applied Vocational Training is taking the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously and is concerned for all members of our college community. We are monitoring the situation closely, following the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health and planning for a range of scenarios should the virus impact directly on our campus.

What can you do?

We encourage all our on-campus students to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene measures to protect against infections. We recommend students and staff wash their hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs, and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing and sneezing.

If you feel unwell and experience symptoms (including a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath):

  • Do not attend college or your work placement if you feel unwell. Contact the college and your workplace supervisor.
  • Isolate yourself from others immediately.
  • Phone (do not visit) a local general practioner (GP) or the closest hospital emergency department for instructions on what to do next.

What we are doing

The college will remain open at this time. Please note any decision to change the status of our campus will be made by AVT with the advice of the Health Department and other government authorities and communicated to all on-campus students.

To help limit the spread of coronavirus, the federal government requires that all people who arrive in Australia from overseas travel, from any country, must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must also isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact. Given the new measures that have been implemented we are focusing on providing isolated students remote access to our on-campus lectures.

What we need you to do to prepare

If you have been instructed to self-isolate, please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with information on how to join your on-campus lectures remotely.

How we will keep staff and students informed

We will continue to provide critical updates via direct email where possible – please ensure you read these updates. At this point in time, it’s important to remain aware but not alarmed. Please continue to follow the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health in regard to personal hygiene and safety.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Future and Commencing Students

Yes, enrolments for our online courses are open and you can start immediately. In fact, now is a great opportunity to use your spare time to commence a qualification in a career you have always dreamed of. 

Our courses require the completion of both theoretical study and practical training to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with animals.

We recognise that work placement opportunities may be limited due to COVID-19. Ideally, under normal circumstances we suggest completing the theoretical and practical components of the course at the same time. However, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, if you are unable to secure a placement we encourage you to work through the theoretical components of our courses. This means, once practical training opportunities are more readily available, you will be armed with the essential knowledge required to complete your practical training in a workplace. 

If you have been thinking about changing your career or embarking on a new career working with animals, now is a great time to get started.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our student support team.

Yes, this course will go ahead as scheduled in July 2020. Structural changes to our classrooms have occurred to ensure safe distancing between students. Read our latest updates for more information. 

At this stage, it is our intention for the Certificate II in Animal Studies Intensive Course to go ahead in October. This course is normally held at the Dogs’ Refuge Home and Cat Haven and therefore relies on access to these organisations. We will keep all applicants informed on the status of this course including updates relating to COVID-19 restrictions and revised commencement dates if required. 

The Certificate III in Animal Studies shelter-based course will go ahead in July. 

Current Students

Firstly, we commend you on your efforts to secure a work placement. We understand now is a particularly difficult time for workplaces to welcome new team members and students into their physical environments.

Secondly, please don't be concerned. We will extend your course duration if you are unable to find a placement throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  We will ensure you have adequate time to attend your practical training and gain your qualification once all necessary requirements have been met.    

We strongly recommend that you use this time to complete the theoretical requirements of the course. This means reading and reviewing all course materials in Moodle and completing all of the theory-based online quizzes and assessments. 

At the same time,  keep your finger on the pulse.  Keep your eyes and ears open for possible work placement opportunities. We expect businesses and organisations will be busier than normal once the restrictions are eased.

Once you do commence your work placement, you can then focus all of your time on completing the practical elements of your course. 

In the upcoming months,  we will also be encouraging WA based students (online and on-campus) to access the new AVT Clinical and Practical Skills Lab to complete assessments under the supervision of our qualified assessors. We will also be offering hands-on practical skills sessions and assessment sessions to assist you with the completion of your course.

Yes, you are classified as a voluntary worker and if your workplace is happy to have you on-site, you are allowed to attend your work placement for your practical training and provide assistance where required.  Please note this is subject to change, pending the Australian Government's Department of Health advice.

If you are not permitted by your workplace to attend work placement for training, please follow the requests of your supervisor. You do not need to be concerned; we will allow you to have additional time to complete your practical training once workplaces return to normal business; whether this be in your current workplace or a new workplace.  

At this immediate time, we are unable to relocate students to new work placements due to restrictions throughout the industry. However, we will be looking proactively in the future to assist you where possible. 

We strongly recommend that you use this time of isolation to complete the theoretical requirements of the course. This means reading and reviewing all course materials in Moodle and completing all of the theory based online quizzes and assessments. 

Please do not be concerned. We will extend your course duration if you are unable to attend your workplace throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  We will ensure you have adequate time to complete your practical training and gain your qualification once all necessary requirements have been met.    

We strongly recommend that you use this time of isolation to complete the theoretical requirements of the course. This means reading and reviewing all course materials in Moodle and completing all of the theory-based online quizzes and assessments.  Once you are permitted to return to your work placement or you find an alternative workplace to undertake your training, you can then focus all of your time on completing the practical elements of your course. 

We will be encouraging WA based students (online and on-campus) to access the new AVT Clinical and Practical Skills Lab to complete assessments under the supervision of our qualified assessors. We will also be offering hands-on practical skills sessions and assessment sessions to assist you with the completion of your course.

Yes, extensions are available. We are providing students with an extension of time to complete all practical skills due to the limitations on work placement opportunities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your personal situation in further detail as we may be able to offer alternative options.

If you have been in a workplace for a period of time, you may have already gathered sufficient information to answer many of the questions in the workplace assignments. 

We suggest reading through your workbook and reviewing each assessment to ascertain which assignments you feel confident in completing. You may be surprised by how much you already know. 

If you have only been in a work placement for a short period of time, obviously this will be more difficult and instead, we suggest focusing on completing the theoretical components of your course.

We will be encouraging WA based students (online and on-campus) to access the new AVT Clinical and Practical Skills Lab to complete assessments under the supervision of our qualified assessors. We will also be offering hands-on practical skills sessions and assessment sessions to assist you with the completion of your course.

Yes, however, this depends on the unit of study and individual requirements of each assessment. 

Assessment guidelines for each unit are outlined by the Department of Training and Workforce Development WA.  This means only selected assessments are able to be completed at home with your own pets. 

Please refer to each assessment in Moodle for guidelines on which assessments can be conducted from home and those that need to be completed in a workplace. If you are unsure, please contact your AVT tutor or refer to the relevant Moodle discussions forum.

We realise making a decision to change your career or embark on a career is not an easy one. We also know the people who decide on a career working with animals are passionate about animals and their care. Our team would be devastated to find out you chose not to pursue your career in this area as a result of limited work placements caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

For this reason, we advise you not to be discouraged at this point in time. Instead we encourage you to focus on the theoretical requirements of the course. This way, you will be armed with the essential knowledge required to complete your practical training in a workplace, when restrictions are lifted and more work placements become available.

As many other Australians, we expect that we will recover from the COVID-19 outbreak and our training programs and work placement opportunities will return to normal. 

Yes, you will be given an extension of time to complete all aspects of your course. We are encouraging students to complete all theoretical components of the course now, so more focus can be placed on your practical training and assessments, once social distancing restrictions have been lifted.

Please refer to to the Australian Government Department of Health resources   Alternatively, you can contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

We understand there are many different circumstances facing our students which may prevent you from completing your qualification in the upcoming months. Therefore extensions will be available to students. Please contact our student support team to discuss your individual situation. 

Please contact us, we have several options available to assist those students currently experiencing financial difficulty. Our goal is to assist you as much as possible in completing your studies and we will work with you to ensure you can do this from a financial, physical and emotional perspective. 

DTWD/Jobs & Skills WA funded students can apply for concessional rates at any time throughout the course if their circumstances change. Concessional fees will only be applied to any units that you have not yet commenced. Please note that although funded concessions are administered through AVT, they are approved and paid for by Jobs and Skills WA and not AVT. You must meet the eligibility criteria as per the VET Fees and Charges Policy (see below)

The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:

a) Persons and dependants of persons holding:
- i) A Pensioner Concession Card.
- ii) A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
- iii) A Health Care Card.
b) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
c) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
d) Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.
e) Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school.

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