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TAFE Queensland and Dreamworld have teamed up to offer an exciting and rare opportunity to become an animal carer and learn more about wildlife conservation through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

A group of more than 20 students selected via an application process will have the opportunity to study the Certificate III in Animal Studies (ACM30117) at TAFE Queensland’s Southport campus as well as on-site at Dreamworld.

Commencing in February 2020, the students will be completely immersed with animals alongside Dreamworld’s industry professionals to obtain practical skills such as handling reptiles, koala husbandry and quarantine procedures, wildlife rescue and prepping of animals’ meals.

Dreamworld General Manager Life Sciences, Al Mucci said this would be a truly unique learning experience for aspiring wildlife carers.

“The students that take part in this course will learn much more about being a wildlife carer, with a real hands-on experience," said Mr Mucci.

“This opportunity will give the students insight into why this work is so important for the survival of our native wildlife, learning about the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s conservation initiatives and how they are benefiting our communities," he continued.

“This is the first TAFE course of its kind in Queensland and will include Indigenous cultural learnings with totemic relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Australia’s unique fauna on the agenda.”

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said TAFE Queensland is proud to partner with Dreamworld to deliver unique job-focused industry training.

“We pride ourselves on providing learning environments where students get the best of both worlds — the hands-on training combined with industry relevant skills that will make graduates highly sought after by employers,” said Karen.

“This partnership demonstrates our commitment to working with local Gold Coast industries to provide skilled workforces essential to the growth and development of our city.”

Upon successful completion of the course students can work as an animal attendant or carer or continue their studies with TAFE Queensland's Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418) program.

It is also the perfect foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams in the field.

 

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