Students learn about caring for animals

Taylah Boyle and Hayley Egginton.

Taylah Boyle and Hayley Egginton.

Three Bulahdelah Central School students joined fellow students from Great Lakes College for an excursion, the Career Focus Animal Care, late last term.

Year 12 students, Chloe Haylett and Taylah Boyle and Hayley Egginton from Year 10 visited the Kurri Kurri TAFE campus to learn and hear all about the various certificate courses they offer in vet nursing, captive animals, companion animals and animal studies, and the career paths and job opportunities these courses lead to.

The students also visited Hunter Valley Zoo and the Australian Reptile Park where they had the opportunity to handle a variety of animals, interact with the keepers and participate in a behind the scenes tour.

It was interesting to hear about the day to day work of a keeper which includes a lot of record keeping, feeding and cleaning.

They explained the ongoing research they do, funnel web spider milking (for making anti venom) and why a snake needs to be microchipped and weighed before winter.

All students were exceptional ambassadors for our school and found the experience both enjoyable and valuable.