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Jackie Trotter - Animal Studies

Jackie Trotter
Jackie Trotter, Teacher


  • Certificate III and Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services;
  • Diploma in Animal Technology;
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.


  • Diploma in Biology - Canberra Institute of Technology;
  • Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - Canberra Institute of Technology;
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - Canberra Institute of Technology;
  • Advanced Diploma in Adult Vocational Education - Canberra Institute of Technology;
  • Certificate III in Animal Behaviour and Training - National Dog Trainers Federation.

Industry experience

I managed the CIT Animal Care Facility for eight years before becoming a teacher, where I was responsible for all the operational matters relating to the facility that housed sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, reptiles, fish, frogs, chickens, dogs and cats.

I took on an OH&S advisor role with CIT before moving into teaching animal and veterinary science - which I love more than anything. It's fantastic to interact with the students, see their skills develop, and spend so much time in a hands-on environment.

How I've improved training for students and industry

Experiential learning is at the heart of how I teach, and it's so important our students get as many real, practical experiences with animals as possible. We have many animal 'staff members' who live at CIT (many of them bred on campus) which the students interact with and perform health checks and procedures on, but I wanted to take this one step further to offer students a greater variety of experiences. So in late 2011 we piloted 'Doggy Day Care' - a centre run one day per week by our Certificate III in Companion Animal Services students in conjunction with their teachers.


  • CIT Institute Medal for Academic Achievement - 2011
  • CIT Teacher of the Year 2010;
  • ACT OH&S Award for innovation, 1996;

Presentations and conferences

I presented at the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (ALAAS) conference in 2009 in Denver, Colorado, on "Animal Technician Training - the Aussie Way", where I demonstrated the differences in the way we teach the Diploma in Animal Technology compared to the United States.