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​Full time courses kick off for 2018

Full time courses held at Muresk Institute have kicked off for the 2018 year, with Diploma of Agriculture, Vet nursing and Certificate III in Agriculture (focus on animal studies) students already working hard.

Twenty Diploma students began their studies at the end of January. Delivered by South Regional TAFE, the Diploma is customised to address the skills in demand by Western Australia’s agriculture industry.

In this one-semester course students are equipped to work in a range of agricultural related businesses and enterprises including production, management, advisory roles and research and development.

Diploma student Thomas Stammers comes from a cattle station near Carnarvon and said he was enjoying learning at Muresk Institute.

“The course is good and the lecturers are very knowledgeable,” he said. “Plus they are happy to extend classes if we need more time to understand.”

Thomas has made Muresk Institute his home away from home while he studies, and is staying in the onsite student accommodation at Hughes Hall.

“I really like staying at Muresk Institute and the food is great,” he said.

“My goal is to continue my learning pathway at Muresk Institute. Next year I intend to start the two-year Associate Degree in Agribusiness here with Curtin University and after I graduate I would like to go back to the station and put what I have learned into practice.”

Also on campus are Central Regional TAFEs (CRT) new cohort of Certificate IV in Vet Nursing students. The 10 students started their course at the same time as Muresk Institute horses Teddy and Jess returned from their summer holidays. The horses, and their upkeep, help students get involved with the day to day responsibilities and maintenance of large farm animals.

CRT Vet nursing lecturer Tara Meling said this aspect of Muresk Institute, which allows students to be immersed in a rural setting complete with large farm animals, made the facility unique in WA.

“The facilities available at Muresk Institute for students are fantastic,” she said. “We have the space, facilities and large farm animals needed to deliver this course and help us meet the demand for highly skilled and trained workers.

“Access to large farm animals is a critical component of the course, giving students real-world exposure. Farm staff are more than helpful and give us many opportunities for on-farm interaction with the animals.”

Students studying at Muresk Institute gain invaluable hands-on knowledge of a working farm together with access to contemporary facilities to enhance their learning.

To find out more about studying and staying at Muresk, visit the Find A Course and/or Facilities sections of this website.

Preparing horse feed: Lecturer Richard Ludeman and Certificate III in Agriculture students