Training with all creatures, great and small

A love of animals and a determination to achieve her career goal sooner through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship has seen Jessica Pendlebury become the first student at her TAFE to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as an Australian School-based Apprentice.

After successfully finishing a Certificate II in Animal Studies in Year 10, Jessica decided she wanted to be a fully-qualified veterinary nurse by the time she completed high school in 2012.

"There are just so many advantages to completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship," Jessica said.

"You learn about your chosen field through TAFE, and then you are able to put your knowledge into practice while you are at work - it makes learning easier and more interesting."

Thanks to the Australian School-based Apprenticeship program at GOTAFE, Jessica has guaranteed employment with her current employer once she has completed her Year 12 Certificate and is considering her options of either working full-time or working part-time and undertaking further tertiary studies.

"When I finish my Australian School-based Apprenticeship, I would like to go to university to study veterinary science.," she said.

"I always wanted to be a veterinary nurse, but working in the clinic has shown me that Veterinary Science is what I want to do."

Adding to her accolades, Jessica was named Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year at the 2011 Australian Training Awards.

Watch The Veterinary Nurse: Jessica's Story.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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