Sian Jones enrolled in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Animal Studies after growing up with animals and enjoying working at a boarding kennel.
With this qualification, Sian was offered a full-time job in a Vet Centre. She was able to complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing during her non-working hours and with the support of her teachers.
“I knew the Vet Nursing course was really flexible, that I could work and study at the same time, which was good. I was able to work at my own pace but still have lots of support.”
Sian Jones now works at the Beaconsfield Vet Centre after completing Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Growing up in Monbulk, in Melbourne’s outer east, Sian feels she was lucky to have grown up with animals around her all the time.
“Working with animals was always something I loved but it took me a while to work out exactly what path I wanted to follow. When I was working at a boarding kennel in Coldstream, I decided that I wanted to have more experience behind me and enrolled in the Certificate II in Animal Studies.”
Sian appreciated that the course was offered part-time as this allowed her to continue working in the field, gaining hands-on experience.
“Studying animal studies definitely helped me to get a job. It showed that I had a qualification behind me, that I was keen and could study, and it helped that I was working with animals at the time at the boarding kennel.”
She recalls Melbourne Polytechnic’s Fairfield campus being “beautiful” and a lovely place to study. “The teachers were really friendly, lots of fun and classes were interactive. I made lots of friends. The teachers even brought their dogs in and we did too from time to time!”
The course also helped Sian get into the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing because it meant that she had already covered some of the subjects. By this time, Sian was working in the Beaconsfield Vet Centre and keen to complete her studies quickly.
“When I studied Vet Nursing, I came onto campus to hand in my work! I talked to Angela via email and on the phone. She was so supportive and flexible. You need to be working in the industry to study Vet Nursing, a minimum of 15 hours a week. I was lucky to work full-time straight away, but that made it hard to come into TAFE.”
Sian worked full-time and studied after work, before work and on the weekends. She completed her course in record time and credits her teachers with making it happen.
“I want to get as much experience as I can. I’ve even been studying a short course in caring for wildlife, as I’d love to work as a vet nurse at Healesville Sanctuary one day.
I achieved everything I wanted to and was very happy I could do it as fast as I could, because you get a payrise when you qualify too!”
Sian is keen to recommend Melbourne Polytechnic to others and has found that some of her colleagues have been jealous of her courses and the support she’s received. A stand out benefit of her studies is that she can now say, “I have a career, which is nice!”
“I just love helping animals. In the Vet Nursing industry, people think you cuddle animals all day, but it’s not quite like that! I just love being around them, working with them, helping with their injuries and making a difference in their lives.”
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Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing