GOTAFE Announces Animal Science Winners

Pictured: GOTAFE Animal Science Student of the Year Linsey Bell with Stuart Kennedy from Ellar Laboratories (Major Sponsor).

Seven GOTAFE Wangaratta students scooped the awards at a dinner on Friday 22nd March, held to celebrate the achievements of the organisation’s animal sciences students.

The awards were presented by GOTAFE Board members Joanne Dwyer, Christine Riches and Angela Verde, CEO Travis Heeney, and teachers.

Graduating students from animal studies, pet grooming, companion animal services, veterinary nursing and pet styling were honoured at the dinner, which was also attended by families, friends and industry representatives.

The major winner was Linsey Bell, who received the Ellar Laboratories Student of the Year Award for 2018 and was awarded a $1000 travel voucher.

Animal sciences team leader Lesley Sanderson described Linsey as a quiet achiever and said: “Linsey was always the first to assist other students and her practical skills and theoretical knowledge are second to none.”

Linsey is now continuing her studies at GOTAFE, while working at ACE Veterinary Hospital in Euroa.

The award winners were:

Award  ​Student Home town​
​Ellar Laboratories Student of the Year Award ​Linsey Bell ​Tongala
​Rotary Club of Wangaratta Arthur Vickers Animal Studies Award ​Sarah Lyons ​Wangaratta
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Veterinary Nursing ​Jane Plunkett ​Lavington
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Grooming ​Brianna Cook ​Kennington
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Animal Sciences ​Mo’Eesha Saunders ​Yarrawonga
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Companion Animal ​Kayla Hall ​Wodonga
​Most Dedicated Student Award ​Tiffany Lacey ​Kinglake

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).
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