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.
The TAFE gave the students an insight into the various certificate courses offered at the campus in vet nursing, captive animals, companion animals and animal studies, and the career paths and job opportunities these courses lead to.
After visiting the colleged the students then travelled to the 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 an behind the scenes tour of the popular park.
The students all agreed it was interesting to hear and learn all about the day-to-day work of a keeper which includes a lot of record keeping, feeding and cleaning.
The keepers explained the ongoing research they do, which included milking a deadly funnel web spider for the production of an anti venom, and why a snake needs to be microchipped and weighed before the winter months.
All students were exceptional ambassadors for their school and found the experience both enjoyable and valuable.