Practice makes perfect

Students perform health checks on a couple of four legged volunteers.

As they say practice makes perfect, and what better way to learn than to practice on the real thing? Our Certificate III Animal Studies class at Mt Evelyn got just that last week. Our Corporate Services Coordinator at the Mt Evelyn Campus bought her two kelpies into the class as real-life models for our students to perform their canine health checks. Putting into practice what they’ve been learning in theory. Hands on experience is by far the best way to learn so having animals visit not only provides real life examples it also makes the loads of fun.

Scout and Dusty (the kelpies) were bought in for the students to check their, ears, gums, teeth, body muscles and heartbeat, an all over examination. Scout was very obliging, lapping up the attention from everyone and giving the students a good idea of how to perform the health check. Dusty on the other hand wasn’t so keen on the idea of playing patient for our enthusiastic students and opted to hide out under the tables or just sit with mum until it was all over.

Here’s what some of our students had to say about the real-life assessment:

“being able to get a hands on experience of a healthy dog was engaging and educating” Casey

“it was great doing the practical assessment and being able to practice on real-life animals” Jo

If you love animals and could see yourself making a career working in the animal industry contact us today to find out more about your options. We are currently taking enrolments in the Certificate III Animal Studies for Semester 2, scheduled to commence in July.

We had a little visitor come to the house today

Say hello to Dobby, a three month old Brush Tail possum that was rescued five weeks ago. Dobby is being raised by Raewyn, one of our In Home Care workers, who also has a passion for our four legged friends. The community relies on volunteers like Raewyn, who is a registered wildlife foster carer, to raise injured or young wildlife through those post rescue critical stages . Being a carer can be demanding, however it is also very rewarding, so having to get up for night scheduled feeds to help them grow big and strong is worth it. When Dobby is old enough he will be released back into the wild where he was rescued from to start a new life in his natural surroundings.

Raewyn’s mother Naomi is our Animal Studies tutor. She also works as a vet nurse alongside her vet husband; so as you can see animals play a big part in the Jeganathan household. Naomi is keen to have wildlife visit the classroom so our students have a chance to interact with and observe their behaviours.

If you could see yourself building a career in the animal care sector, be sure to contact us to discuss your options. Check out our Certificate III in Animal Studies for more information and to register your interest online.

For further information on the Upper Yarra Wildlife Rescue Network check out their Facebook page.