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Young Animal Lovers Get a Unique Industry Insight these Holidays

Published: 04 Jul 2016

Canberra's young animal lovers are today finding out how they can turn their passion into a career with a new five-day immersive holiday program in animal studies at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

Under the guidance of a qualified veterinarian, veterinary nurse and reptile expert from CIT, the participating high school students will get hands-on experience with rabbits, horses and reptiles, hear from a range of industry professionals, and be treated to a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo and Aquarium.

"This is about hands-on learning for high school students who love animals. Over five days, they will gain an insight into working with animals and be able to practise real industry techniques in caring for and treating animals, including techniques in animal first-aid," said CIT Head of Department for Animal Sciences, Ms Anne Brown.

"We are really excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity for Canberra students that will show young animal lovers that a career working with animals is possible, and in fact there are many more opportunities to work in the industry than they probably realise," Ms Brown said.

The program will cover working in a veterinary clinic, laboratory and in the animal facility at CIT.

"The program will have immediate practical applications as students will be able to better understand and care for their pets, and our hope is also that it will ignite their interest in a career with animals while being a fun and memorable experience.

"With a range of animal services, a fantastic zoo and surrounds of natural bushland, Canberra really is a great place to be a professional in the animal industry, and we want to encourage young people to join the industry with a career that is diverse and fulfilling.

"CIT's state-of-the-art veterinary nursing and animal care facilities, including a new surgical environment, also make the capital an unbeatable place to learn about animals and get job-ready," Ms Brown said.

The holiday program will take place at CIT's Animal Facility, CIT Bruce, 4–8 July.

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