Dr Angela Decker Follows Her Passion For Training


Dr Angela Decker joined Veterinary Technology Team at GOTAFE after completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor Veterinary Science in 2012.

“In July 2016 I decided to follow my passion for teaching, and accepted a position with GOTAFE, in collaboration with Charles Sturt University. My role was to assist with the development of the rapidly expanding Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology.

“Training the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at GOTAFE is a new set of challenges compared to industry, but I really enjoy working with the students and watching them grow, improve their knowledge and skills, and fulfil their goals.”

An average day for Angela involves preparing for and delivering a two hour video conference lecture to the internal students at the Wagga Wagga Campus as well as fielding student enquiries and providing one-on-one tutorials via email or video conference.
“Training the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at GOTAFE is a new set of challenges compared to the industry, but I really enjoy working with the students and watching them grow, improve their knowledge and skills and fulfil their goals.”

Masterclass with Melanie Newman


Gotafe were fortunate to have Professional Dog Groomer, Melanie Newman, facilitate a masterclass at the Werribee Campus in September.
Well known and highly respected within the industry, Melanie’s passion for dog grooming began in the late 1990’s.
Today, Melanie has a rewarding career with 15 years’ experience as a Professional Dog Groomer.
In 2004, Melanie opened her own professional dog grooming salon, Spa Bark Dog Grooming & Spa, in Moonee Ponds, Victoria and has since created her own collection of natural premium canine grooming products.
In 2008 she was formally recognised as an Internationally Certified Master Groomer.

Melanie has competed in grooming competitions across Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy and the USA and in 2013 she was crowned the Australian Royal Supreme Grooming Champion. In 2015 Melanie represented Groom Team Australia in Milan, Italy at the World Team Championships, where the team were placed 12th overall.
She is a Victorian Assessor for Certificate III and IV as well as an Instructor and has been a keynote speaker at several industry events.
One Gotafe student said about her experience after the Masterclass-
“We were lucky enough to have a four day, hands on, workshop with the amazing Melanie Newman and handsome Dash the Bichon. Melanie guided us through breed clips and passed on handy grooming hints. We all left on Friday feeling inspired and motivated to try out our new skills and keep developing and growing as groomers.”

Gotafe provides training in Certificate III in Pet Grooming (ACM30612) and
Certificate IV in Pet Styling (ACM40612).
For more information visit http://www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/study-areas/foodfibre/animal-sciences/