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Lou Nunn

Portrait of Louise Nunn

Lou is the Head of Program for the Bachelor of Equine Studies at Melbourne Polytechnic. She has years of experience in the equine industry having started her riding career as a toddler.  Lou has been involved in the industry as a pony club member, competitor (dressage, eventing and showing), stable hand and stud worker.  

The areas of most interest to Lou are equine grazing behaviour, reproduction,  equine pastures and collaborating with seed companies to determine the most appropriate species for grazing. Leading the winner of the Towong Cup and foaling down too many good racehorses to name pale into insignificance in comparison to helping young people on their journey into the career of their choice. The application of knowledge and skills through interaction with the horses has a profound effect on a students’ ability to retain what they’ve learned. 

Lou has worked at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2008. Being passionate about the horse as a magnificent athlete and having contacts in many different sectors of the equine industry, Lou is able to ensure students are exposed to industry contacts helping them start their own networks.  Students are able to practice and refine their equine skills, apply their knowledge in real life situations, as well as develop sound academic skills. For Lou, the key reward of teaching is watching a student know they can change the life of an animal for the better.  

Lou holds many qualifications, including Master of Management, a Bachelor of Equine Science, an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science (Farm Management), a Diploma of Applied Science (Equine Management), an Associate Diploma of Horse Management and a Diploma of Nursing. Lou began her academic journey in 1992, and has taught at TAFEs, the Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture and the University of Melbourne. Lou and her husband ran a successful commercial fine wool merino flock at their property in South West Victoria and continue to conduct an Agriculture Consultancy, specialising in dairy and equine property management. Lou has been recognised and awarded a Victorian Government's Rural Womens’ award.  


Animal Studies Courses at MP

Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing
- Full Time, Part Time - Epping
- Full Time, Part Time - Epping

Important Note: The Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing will not be taking new enrolments for 2023. All new intakes for 2022 will be into the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (a Latrobe University qualification delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic).

Certificate III in Animal Care Services ACM30122
- Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC - Full Time - Fairfield
Would you like a career working with cats, dogs and other animals? Melbourne Polytechnic offers training in Animal Care Services. You will gain practical skills and experience while participating in course work in class to care for animals in a professional setting.
Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
- Full Time, Part Time - Epping
- Full Time, Part Time - Epping
La Trobe's Veterinary Nursing degree, delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping Campus, provides graduates with a work-ready qualification and is the first full degree in Veterinary Nursing in Australia.
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418
- Full Time - Fairfield
Free Tafe - Full Time - Fairfield
Begin your career path in the veterinary industry with our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418. This course provides you with quality training that will develop your skills in a range of animal care, clinical and surgical routines.
Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121
- Full Time, Part Time, Traineeship - Epping, Fairfield
- Full Time, Part Time, Traineeship - Epping, Fairfield
Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With our Animal Studies course, you will achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to care for a range of animals.