Thanks to Steve Irwin

December 15th, 2011 No Comments Other

???????Dog chasing a toyAs a kid, Ken Whitelaw’s hero was the late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin, and it was the famous Queenslander who inspired him to complete a Certificate in Animal Care with Open Colleges.

“When I first checked out the course, I saw what it could lead to – in my case, a career working with animals,” says Ken.

Ken lives in Rosebud, Victoria, and he began looking for distance learning alternatives when, as he explains, “I found that the nearest TAFE did not offer any substantial courses in animal care.”

He found that his understanding of the course improved as he became more familiar with the online format.

“When I found an assignment that was a little difficult, I persevered and was able to work through any problems, and I received great help from my very responsive trainer,” says Ken.

He also appreciated the student portal, now called OpenSpace, which he found easy to navigate and, as he adds, “It was a great way to communicate with fellow students, where I gained help with assignment questions on a number of occasions.”

Ken plans to pursue his studies, hopefully working in animal care, and perhaps to one day become a fully qualified vet.

For those interested in gaining nationally recognised animal care qualifications, Open Colleges now offers a Certificate III and a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. For more information, please phone 1300 853 033.


Andrianes Pinantoan is InformED's editor and part of the marketing team behind Open Colleges. When not working, he can be found reading about two of his favourite subjects: education and psychology. You can find him on Google+ or @andreispsyched.

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