Name: Kiera America
Job: Education Support and Animal Attendant
VET: VCAL with Agriculture studies, a Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Horticulture and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
I found it challenging to figure out what I want to do, now I want to do so much more
What do you do?
I manage the welfare and care of the animals on the school campus which includes training and partaking in grooming, feeding, and cleaning routines. I support teachers to run classes where students interact with animals as part of their studies.
What was your VET journey?
In year 11, I completed a variety of units over a number of VET courses to introduce me to pathway possibilities and in year 12 I studied a Certificate II in Agriculture. After I finished school, I completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate III in Horticulture to reinforce my passion for plants and animals; and then a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to support my growth in the workplace.
Working with the animals and staff at Padua is very rewarding. I enjoy introducing students to the animals, and working with them to develop their skills in the industry.
There are so many opportunities through VET!
What advice would you give to students who are considering a vocational pathway?
Look into all the options available and see what fits for you; there’s no wrong answer. VET courses are individual, ‘hands on’ and a great opportunity to help you figure out your ideal pathway.
What challenges did you face along the way?
I found it challenging to figure out what I want to do, but work has given me an insight into this. Now I want to do so much more!
Mainly school hours.
Inside or outside?
A mixture of both.
Solo or teamwork?
Being able to keep learning while I’m working.
People don't know?
Working with the animals is so rewarding, I enjoy it so much!
$1,500 per week for an experienced animal attendant or education support staff member.
Reviewed 31 August 2022