Mentor a Student

Information for Workplaces

Work experience and placement in vet hospitals

Opportunities for Workplace Employers, Organisations and Students

As part of meeting the criteria to award certification, students are required to gain hands-on exposure and experience in the Animal Care industry. We refer to this as workplace practical training or a work placement. The number of work placement hours required varies between courses and so does the type of organisation we work with. In fact, we work closely with a range of employers throught Australia including: 

  • privately owned small, emergency and mixed or large animal veterinary practices,
  • corporately owned veterinary clinics and hospitals,
  • a range of pet-related businesses such as pet boarding facilities, pet shops, grooming facilities and more, 
  • animal welfare and shelter organisations and; 
  • conservation and rehabilitation organisations.

Are you ready to offer a placement to a student?

If your organisation is interested in assisting with practical training opportunities with our students, we encourage you to complete our form below. Our Student and Liaison Officer can assist you with more details including a downloadable information guide on providing work placement opportunities.

Watch our videos about mentoring students

Veterinary Practice

Learn more about what is involved, the mutual expectations of all parties, the benefits to a vet clinic or hospital, plus the next steps to take.

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Equine Facility

If you run an equine facility and are wondering how you can assist a horse care student, watch our video to learn more about practical training,

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Looking to employ an AVT student and graduate?

We pride ourselves on the continued high employment rate of our graduates.  There are several reasons for this including the quality of our training and the highly respected network of employers we work with.  In fact, we are proud to say, 90% of our graduates are employed or enrolled in further study after training (NCVER, 2019).

If you are looking for a graduate or a student in training to join your team as an employee, we encourage you to send your job advertisement to us using the form below. We share job vacancies with our students and graduates via our exclusive private Facebook groups.

Practical training opportunities for animal care

Frequently Asked Questions for Workplaces

Depending on the qualification selected by the individual, our students are equipped with anything from basic to advanced knowledge in their chosen area. Before coming to you they receive detailed information on expected workplace conduct. They also receive a practical skills workbook detailing expected learning outcomes from their workplace practical training hours with you. This workbook provides a guide to both you and the student of the types of things you will ultimately mentor the student to do. You will be asked to sign off on the workbook checklists during the course of the student’s practical training.

We encourage our students to ‘drive’ their own training. This means they present their workbooks to their supervisor at every appropriate opportunity to review and mentor their required practical skills.

We encourage you to treat an AVT student like a newly employed trainee vet nurse – the more time you invest in the student in the beginning, the easier it will be to make them a very useful individual in a short space of time and make them a valuable and useful “extra pair of hands” to have in your workplace.

Need more information? You can request our Supervisor Practical Training Guide by contacting the AVT Student and Industry Liaison Officer.

To contact the Student and Industry Liaison Officer, you can either phone and ask to speak to our Student and Industry Liaison Officer during business hours or complete this form.

If you are an Owner/Manager of a vet or pet related business organisation, we encourage you to contact us. 

Yes you can, in fact many of our students are employed either during their work placement or after.

We have an amazing pool of talented individuals studying with us. If you are an employer we would be more than happy to share a job advert with our students and guide you with suggestions.

We encourage our supporting workplaces to treat our students as a member of the team, not only from a training and mentoring perspective but but also if any issues arise.

If you are experiencing problems with an AVT student, we ask that you approach the student and explain the issues and consequences where appropriate. Issues should then be relayed to our Student and Industry Liaison Officer.

We endeavour to support our students throughout their course but we also want to provide as much support as we can to our partnering workplaces and work together towards a positive outcome.

Get in touch!!

Whether you are thinking about offering a student work placment, would like to find an AVT graduate for a position at your workplace or would like more information how we work with businesses and organisations like yours, simply fill in the contact below and we will contact you. Alternatively you can contact us by phone during business hours. 

AVT is 100% dedicated to providing nationally accredited qualifications in all aspects of Animal Care.