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Emmaus College, Jimboomba

Jamy Lyons

When it comes to making decisions about tertiary study, Jamy Lyons urges students to do what feels right rather than what other people think is ‘better’.

She says: ‘There’s a lot of pressure to attend university. I got a university offer, but chose to study at TAFE. It was the right choice for me.’

‘I always knew I wanted to do something involving animals when I left school, but it was completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies in Year 12 that really confirmed I wanted to do veterinary nursing.’

‘Being able to study something I love and have it contribute to my QCE was great. But it wasn’t always easy.’

For most of Year 12 I only attended school three days a week. One day I went to TAFE and the other day I did work experience at a veterinary clinic. It definitely made maintaining my marks in all six OP subjects a challenge.’

Jamy says her hard work was worth it when she was accepted into the highly competitive veterinary nursing course at TAFE Queensland Brisbane.

‘Veterinary nursing is really popular. It was my Certificate II in Animal Studies that got me in.’

Since leaving school, Jamy has completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is ready to start her career as a veterinary nurse.

Subjects: Biology, Drama, English, Information Technology Systems, Maths B, Study of Religion
Career goal: To work as a veterinary nurse specialising in animal rehabilitation and training

Last updated: 09-Feb-2016