Huge Demand for Animal Lovers at GOTAFE Werribee Campus

GOTAFE is the largest educational provider in North East Victoria, but it may take you by surprise to hear they are also right here in Werribee.

Veterinary nursing, animal care, pet grooming, equine courses and even cheese making are taught by a passionate group of trainers at the Research Close Campus.

The Animal Sciences department opened its doors 18 months ago and it’s been full steam ahead, explained GOTAFE Business Support Officer Karen Davies.

“Our first cohort of students studying Certificate III Pet Grooming (ACM30612) recently graduated which was a huge thrill for us. They were able to achieve an incredible 97% employment success rate which just goes to show the sheer demand for our students in this field,” said Ms Davies.

“Dog grooming is a boom area. We are constantly on the look out for ‘Doggie Models’ to add to our database, so if your pooch needs a pamper, please let us know.”

All the hard work is paying off, with Animal Sciences Trainer Sherryn Smith, along with Ms Davies, recently taking out the top honor, winning the GOTAFE Innovative Training Award for their exciting and rewarding hands-on training program.

Leading by example, student Danielle Jones was awarded the Grooming Student of the Year 2014, and is now an invaluable employee at Pet Stock, Ballarat.

For those interested in finding out more about the animal, equine and dairy sciences courses through GOTAFE, the team will be available at Wyndham’s Pet and Animal Expo on Sunday 27 September 2015.

The GOTAFE Werribee Campus will be open to the public as part of GOTAFE’s Open Month on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 3 Research Close, Werribee from 10am to 5pm, and we invite every-one to come along. To register your attendance, please visit

For those interested in registering ‘Doggie Models’, please call 9217 5205 to register your pet.