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Monday March 01, 2010

Wildlife rescuer wins VC Award

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Victoria University teacher Greg Gordon has been rescuing and rehabilitating native animals for years. Greg is an animal technician lecturer at VU's Werribee Campus and also volunteers as regional co-ordinator of Wildlife Victoria, an organisation that provides 24-hour wildlife rescue and information.

He was recognised for his excellence in teaching at VU's 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Staff Awards for helping the University develop one of Australia's only qualifications in wildlife rehabilitation.

The six-month TAFE short course, The Husbandry and Rehabilitation of Wildlife, forms part of VU's Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, providing animal welfare skills for veterinary nursing and animal technician students. It was developed in partnership with Wildlife Victoria.

The course can also be studied online and has been completed by people from across Australia who are involved in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation as a career or as volunteers.

"We give them the basics of rescuing, handling, transporting and animal first-aid," said Greg. "Since the Black Saturday bushfires, there is a high demand for the course and we have people on the waiting list."

Greg has been bitten, scratched and kicked by a variety of frightened animals over the years, but he remains passionate about helping them.

"We have an ethical responsibility to help stricken animals, especially those who are injured as a direct consequence of human development," he said.

Greg is well known in the wildlife rescue community and uses his networks in organisations such as the RSPCA, Wildlife Victoria and animal shelters to secure practical work experience for VU students.

VU expects to treat more wildlife at a new veterinary clinic soon to open at its Werribee Campus.

To enrol in the course contact Jessica Bailey on 9919 8139 or email animalstudies@vu.edu.au

This story forms part of the VU Vibe newsletter for February 2010. The newsletter is published every two months by the Government Liaison Unit (GLU).

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Source: Victoria University http://www.vu.edu.au/news/wildlife-rescuer-wins-vc-award

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