From strength to strength...
Our very own Jennifer Peart who won Vocational Student of the Year at the 2016 Victorian Training Awards in August has also recently been awarded Runner-up of the Australian Vocational Student of the Year Award, at the 2016 Australian Training Awards, held in Darwin on Thursday 17 November. Congratulations Jennifer!
Jennifer Peart is not your average 22-year-old.
Just ask her what she’s been doing since high school and you’ll need a lie-down! Not that she’s bragging – in fact, she is so humble it’s hard to get her to talk herself up. So we’re giving her a moment in the spotlight because we think she’s ace and as a past student of The Gordon TAFE - we love bragging rights!
I’ve had a love for animals all my life and began my studies at The Gordon with the hope of gaining an education in something I loved and the beginning of a career.
Prior to commencing, I was very lost. I was a year out of high school, a single mum with a newborn daughter, struggling with how I would balance caring for her alongside work and study. I knew that the only way to move into a career I would enjoy and would best suit me was to continue studying.
Animal studies is a very popular TAFE course and industry, how did you give yourself the edge?
While studying, I maintained active involvement in all things animal-related in order to gain as much experience as possible. I completed more placement than was required and volunteered and networked with some amazing people at Werribee Open Range Zoo and Saddle On Riding School.
In my second year I gained work placement at OurVet Geelong, working one day a week alongside my on-campus studies. After working hard and putting everything I had into my placement, the Geelong clinic offered me a position at OurVet Point Cook. Because of this, I am now a qualified and confident veterinary nurse at their two vet clinics.
What key skills are important in your job?
Communication is a huge aspect of veterinary nursing. I never realised this until I became a nurse but so much work is done communicating with owners and answering questions. You'd think it’s an animal-oriented job, but really it’s just as much a people-oriented. You are always the first and last point of contact for clients. Without good communication skills, clients won't come to trust you with their pets.
How do you keep your skills up to date?
I am always continuing to learn. I subscribe and read the Australia Veterinary Nursing Journals and am a member of the Veterinary Nursing Council of Australia. I attend information sessions run by pet food product companies, drug representatives and veterinary medicine organisations. I also enjoy completing online short courses. This year, I am also hoping to attend my first veterinary nursing conference.
What are you up to now?
After completing my vet nursing course, I was accepted into Deakin University to complete my Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science, which I’ve started this year.
I’ve also recently completed my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment through The Gordon to begin teaching what I love - animal studies. I want to help others who share my passion for animals and inspire students to work hard.
Outside of work and study, my life revolves around my two-year-old daughter; she is not only the greatest thing in my life but also my biggest achievement. She was only 12 weeks old when I began, so we've been on this journey together. It's been hard, but without her I would never have found the direction I needed and the inspiration to work hard and make something of my life.
Good luck with your career journey Jennifer!
Posted: 14/07/2016 2:57:05 PM