COVID-19

Information for Students

This page provides information about AVT’s approach to COVID-19. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact our student support team. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions for Current Students

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact, please follow the state guidelines outlined here

Here’s a few important guidelines. 

Positive rapid antigen test results

If you are a confirmed positive case, you must:

  • Self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days
  • At Day 7, if symptoms are still present, continue isolating until symptoms clear
  • If no symptoms are present after Day 7, you can leave self-isolation. No testing is required.

COVID-19 close contacts

A close contact is:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, maritime vessel or other accommodation facility) in any 24-hour period where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact
  • someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

Infectious period

The infectious period is taken from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, or 48 hours before the positive test result if they do not have symptoms, until the end of their isolation period. For example, if they first tested positive on Wednesday afternoon, their infectious period started on Monday afternoon.

What to do if you are a close contact

Notify AVT that you are a close contact. Your 7-day close contact period begins from:

  • For household contacts: the date of the case’s positive test
  • For other close contact: the last time you had contact with the person who tested positive

Close contacts with symptoms

  • Close contacts with symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols.
  • Once symptoms have resolved, close contacts who are not cases should follow the protocols for close contacts with no symptoms (see below) for the balance of the 7-day isolation period.
  • If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for 7 days after their positive test result and follow the requirements for positive COVID-19 cases.

See the What to do if you are a COVID-19 close contact (PDF 295KB) fact sheet for a summary of the requirements when you’re a close contact.

Close contacts with no symptoms

  • Close contacts with no symptoms may leave the home during their 7 day isolation period, provided that you have obtained a negative result from a rapid antigen test undertaken on each day on which you propose to leave isolation. You must:
    • be able to provide photographic evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken by you on that day
    • wear a mask including from when you leave home until you return
    • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities
    • avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
    • work from home, where possible.

AVT follows the WA Government mandatory workforce COVID-19 vaccination requirements. This means that, from June 2022, evidence of mandatory vaccinations will no longer be required.

For more detailed information about COVID-19 vaccination in WA, please visit: Our Mandatory Vaccination in WA FAQ’s.

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or are a close contact, you should refer to the guidelines and recommendations for your state.  You can find links to this information here:- https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/testing-positive 

Please do not be concerned, if necessary you will be able to apply for an extension for your course duration. 

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your personal situation in further detail.

We recommend that you use any 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 can return to your work placement you can continue focusing your time on completing the practical elements of your course. 

Each unit of your qualification outlines assessment requirements. These requirements explain the conditions under which we must assess your ability to perform certain tasks.

This means only a relatively few assessments can be completed at home with your own pets. If you are unable to complete an assessment at your work placement please contact us for guidance.

We recommend that you use any 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 can return to your work placement you can continue focusing your time on completing the practical elements of your course. 

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 COVID-19.  

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 you can find a work placement.

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. 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.

Mandatory Vaccination in WA

We encourage our students to get the COVID-19 vaccination as the best way to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from the virus.

We follow Commonwealth and State Government advice and requirements in relation to vaccinations.

The safe workplace policy currently in effect at our premises requires that all on-campus staff and students at AVT be fully vaccinated including boosters, against COVID-19.

To attend classes on-campus (including those held at the RSPCA, Cat Haven and Greyhounds as Pets) or blended courses, students will need to have received and showed evidence of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 31st December 2021 and be double vaccinated by 31st January 2022.  In line with mandatory vaccination directions, all staff and on-campus students must also receive and show evidence of their third vaccination booster as per the dates outlined by the State Government: Mandatory Vaccination FAQ’s.

Yes, The Government Roadmap specifies that students will need to be fully vaccinated, to attend classes at our campus.

Yes, students will need to be fully vaccinated to attend classes at these locations.

All WA students participating in a work placement in a Veterinary Hospital or Clinic will need to be fully vaccinated to attend placement. 

For other WA placements in other organisations (e.g. Pet shops, Day-care centres, boarding facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centres, etc) where students are required to participate in practical training as part of their course requirements, the WA Government or organisation may require you to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Students will need to comply with such requirements in order to undertake the placement. You should discuss this with your supervisor or employer.

Given vaccinations are a state government mandate, we are now legally responsible to comply with this mandate and can be heavily fined if we are not compliant.  There are also penalties for individuals who do not comply. For this reason, you will need to prove that you are fully vaccinated before attending campus.

No, however, we will be requesting a digital copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate at the deadline dates or via our application forms if you are a new student.

For further information regarding obtaining proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, access the following link:  COVID-19 Vaccination Proof

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a variety of locations across Western Australia, including state-run clinics, GPs and pharmacies. The easiest way to find your nearest vaccination location and make an appointment is to book online at  Roll Up for WA website.

Yes, if you have been granted a medical exemption from an authorised health professional, you may attend campus.

Exemptions on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register using their IM011 form. This must be completed by your GP or specialist medical practitioner and submitted to the Australian Immunisation Register for assessment. Where an exemption is provided by them, this must be provided to us as proof of exemption.

More information regarding medical exemptions can be accessed with the following link: Immunisation medical exemptions.

AVT have followed the government’s guidelines and health orders.

General Questions for Current Students

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact, please follow the state guidelines outlined here

Here’s a few important guidelines. 

Positive rapid antigen test results

If you are a confirmed positive case, you must:

  • Self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days
  • At Day 7, if symptoms are still present, continue isolating until symptoms clear
  • If no symptoms are present after Day 7, you can leave self-isolation. No testing is required.

COVID-19 close contacts

A close contact is:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, maritime vessel or other accommodation facility) in any 24-hour period where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact
  • someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

Infectious period

The infectious period is taken from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, or 48 hours before the positive test result if they do not have symptoms, until the end of their isolation period. For example, if they first tested positive on Wednesday afternoon, their infectious period started on Monday afternoon.

What to do if you are a close contact

Notify AVT that you are a close contact. Your 7-day close contact period begins from:

  • For household contacts: the date of the case’s positive test
  • For other close contact: the last time you had contact with the person who tested positive

Close contacts with symptoms

  • Close contacts with symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols.
  • Once symptoms have resolved, close contacts who are not cases should follow the protocols for close contacts with no symptoms (see below) for the balance of the 7-day isolation period.
  • If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for 7 days after their positive test result and follow the requirements for positive COVID-19 cases.

See the What to do if you are a COVID-19 close contact (PDF 295KB) fact sheet for a summary of the requirements when you’re a close contact.

Close contacts with no symptoms

  • Close contacts with no symptoms may leave the home during their 7 day isolation period, provided that you have obtained a negative result from a rapid antigen test undertaken on each day on which you propose to leave isolation. You must:
    • be able to provide photographic evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken by you on that day
    • wear a mask including from when you leave home until you return
    • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities
    • avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
    • work from home, where possible.

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or are a close contact, you should refer to the guidelines and recommendations for your state.  You can find links to this information here:- https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/testing-positive 

Please do not be concerned, if necessary you will be able to apply for an extension for your course duration. 

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your personal situation in further detail.

We recommend that you use any 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 can return to your work placement you can continue focusing your time on completing the practical elements 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 COVID-19.  

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 you can find a work placement.

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. 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.

Prospective 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 from time to time due to COVID-19.  Ideally, under normal circumstances, we suggest completing the theoretical and practical components of the course at the same time. However, if you cannot secure a placement we encourage you to work through the theoretical components of our courses. This means, that once practical training opportunities are 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 starting 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, our courses will go ahead as planned.  We will keep all applicants informed on the status of our courses including updates relating to COVID-19 restrictions and revised commencement dates if required.

Our courses require completing both theoretical study and practical training to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with animals. If there are restrictions during your course we will work with your class to ensure you cover the required training to complete your qualification. This may include live online classes. 

If you have been thinking about changing your career or starting 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.

Useful Links

For the latest information about Coronavirus (COVID19) and where to seek assistance, we encourage you to access the following resources:-
Practical training opportunities for animal care