The Gordon—leading the way in veterinarian education

When you sign up for training in Animal Studies at The Gordon, you are laying the foundations for a rewarding career.

mkt-bellbrae-student-animal-studies-20101110_59The Gordon takes pride in delivering hands-on training that assists students by making them job-ready on completion of their studies. Classroom work is based around real-world scenarios and facilities replicate real working environments. Animal care experts who have excelled in their fields and are still current within the industry teach in many Gordon programs, and work placement is a beneficial part of the animal-studies program. All this combines to give The Gordon a higher graduate employment rate than the region’s average, which is a key reason The Gordon reputation is so strong.

Ranging from Certificate II – Certificate IV level, the ever-popular Animal Studies courses have proven to create excellent pathways into a veterinary nursing career for students, and the short courses provide a great introduction to the industry, and are a great way to boost your own pet and wildlife skills.

If you don’t intend to move straight into employment after your course, many of The Gordon TAFE programs act as fantastic university pathways.

Further education at The Gordon isn’t just for teenagers straight out of secondary school either. In fact, anyone can study if they feel there is room in their life to upskill, or if they are seeking an entirely new career. As well as a range of part-time options, The Gordon offers traineeships in Veterinary Nursing which combine theoretical and on the job learning.

One such success story is Gordon veterinary nursing student Jennifer Peart. A busy and young single mother looking for a way to balance work and home life, Jennifer wanted to find a career doing something she loved. She commenced a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at The Gordon, and took every opportunity to work and network with reputable organisations including The Werribee Open Range Zoo, Saddle On Riding School, and OurVet Geelong via The Gordon’s work placement program. From this experience, Jennifer was offered employment and is now working at two local veterinary clinics. Her hard work was recently rewarded at the 2016 Victorian Training Awards where she won Vocational Student of The Year.

Jennifer’s success doesn’t end there. After completing her vet nursing course, she was accepted into Deakin University to complete a Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science. She also completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at The Gordon to begin teaching what she loves—animal studies.

“I want to help others who share my passion for animals and inspire students to work hard,” she said.

Jennifer gives full credit to The Gordon for helping her achieve her goals.

“My teachers at The Gordon were very understanding and would always look out for me, and provided me with the greatest guidance. To future students interested in veterinary nursing I would say put your whole heart into the job and you’ll reap the rewards.”

There are funding options available at The Gordon to assist with tuition fees. Students may be eligible for a Government-subsidised place which reduces the overall course cost, while VET FEE HELP is a government loan scheme allowing you to delay payment of course costs. Students can also utilise payment plans and apply for scholarships.

To find out more about the full suite of Animal Studies courses at The Gordon in Geelong, Werribee and Ballarat, as well as details on upcoming information sessions, visit

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