Animal services industries in the Central West will benefit from a $400,000 investment in training facilities at TAFE NSW Mudgee.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the upgrade will provide enhanced industry training to veterinary nursing, animal care and pet grooming students, delivering a pipeline of skilled workers for these regional growth industries.
“We know building contemporary learning spaces that provide high-quality, industry-relevant training translates into real jobs,” Mr Saunders said.
“This investment demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring students in rural areas are given the skills they need to embark on successful careers.”
Improvements include a dedicated animal care and pet grooming building with two indoor/outdoor dog kennels and a modern hydrobath to teach advanced pet grooming techniques.
There is also a 2000 square-metre animal enclosure that features a ‘chicken palace’ for feathered friends and green space for goats, sheep, cattle, and other animals used to demonstrate animal care techniques.
According to the Federal Government’s Job Outlook, strong growth is expected for veterinary nurses and those working in animal care industries, with around 3,200 additional jobs predicted by 2024.
TAFE NSW Animal Studies teacher Lisa Tubnor said the upgraded facilities would help train a new generation of workers for veterinary clinics, small businesses, animal care shelters, and council pounds.
“These facilities will enable our students to undertake safe and realistic hands-on practise from basic foundational skills right through to advanced animal care and grooming techniques,” Ms Tubnor said.
“Having a fit-for-purpose learning environment will enrich the student experience and deliver the real-world skills they need to pursue their passion with confidence.”
Mr Saunders said the upgrade is a win for local students and local industries.
“This government is proud to fund state-of-the-art facilities that deliver skilled workers who can hit the ground running and help to keep our regional economies strong.”
For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.