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Motivated by heart, Cheyenne studies vet nursing at TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland veterinary nursing student, Cheyenne Hall was inspired to learn how to care for animals after the tragic loss of her beloved pet.

Amid her grief the 21-year-old from Runaway Bay applied to study the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ( ACM40418 ) at TAFE Queensland and was fortunate to be one of 22 students who were selected to study the course as part of a special industry partnership with Greencross Vets.

“Just before COVID I got my first cat and sadly nine months later he passed. I didn’t want that to happen again and wanted to do what I could to stop that happening for other pets and their owners,” said Ms. Hall.

“Owners have a bond with their animals. It’s like the animal becomes part of your family.”

Family is exactly what Cheyenne feels like she has at her allocated Greencross clinic in Carrara where she is provided with a fully interactive learning experience and clinical practice.

“TAFE Queensland’s Vet Nursing program with Greencross Vets is awesome. I’ve been at placement at the Carrara clinic from the beginning. Having that weekly hands-on experience makes it so much easier to understand what we learn in class,” she said.

“Every day is different. I’m doing everything and anything. I’ve been adopted into the team and it’s just such a wholesome and supportive environment.”

In 2021 TAFE Queensland partnered with Greencross Vets to deliver the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ( ACM40418 )to students at many of their clinics from the Gold Coast to Beenleigh.

As part of their course, students spend two days per week at TAFE Queensland's Ashmore campus and two days per week in an allocated Greencross Vets clinic where they get real-world, hands-on experience alongside practicing vets and vet nurses.

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast Karen Dickinson said Greencross Vets play an important role in assisting students in developing their skills to industry standards and to be job ready.

“Students like Cheyenne graduate with confidence and familiarity within the veterinary industry, ready to transition seamlessly into potential full-time employment,” said Ms Dickinson.

“With the success of the pilot program, we are looking to expand to other TAFE Queensland campuses across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.”

“The overall partnership plan is to provide a ‘work ready’ stream of Vet Nurses Australia wide for Greencross Vets.”

Cheyenne is accessing the State Government's Job Trainer funding to study the course with TAFE Queensland and encourages aspiring vet nurses to look into the subsidy.

“JobTrainer was a big part of making this decision easy. It made it affordable for me as I wasn’t making much money in my job. JobTrainer is great as it makes education accessible for those who can’t afford it.”