FOR Sarah Fessey, the passion for animals that led her to study veterinary nursing has blossomed into the start of a career caring for them in their time of need.
The former Molong Central School student has started working at Forbes Veterinary Clinic after undertaking a work placement program there as part of her TAFE NSW Orange Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course.
Miss Fessey is one of the course’s 11 students – hailing from Orange, Canowindra, Bathurst and beyond – putting their new-found skills to good use in veterinary clinics across the Central West.
And, according to her boss Elle Barry, she’s making the most of her opportunity.
“She is a quiet achiever, there are times when you don’t know she is here but everything gets done,” the practice’s manager Elle Barry said.
“Sarah has a calm and happy manner, is polite and we are very glad that she came knocking on our front door.
“She is a great little veterinary nurse that we are enjoying watching grow.”
TAFE NSW animal studies teacher Kelli Johnston said the feedback about Miss Fessey and her fellow Orange-based students had been “really positive”.
“This particular class of students is really dedicated and focussed. This is matched equally by their enthusiasm,” Mrs Johnston said.
“The work placements began in February, and the fact that half of the class has already secured part-time employment at their respective clinics … proves how talented this class is.”