The Animal Industries Resource Centre (AIRC) was
established in 1997 to meet the specific training needs of veterinary
nurses, pet retailers and animal carers both in Australia and overseas.
A highly respected and nationally registered training organisation, the
AIRC provides comprehensive and exciting training whilst delivering vast
levels of knowledge in a variety of animal care applications.
Growing up in suburban Brisbane, Shane managed
to use every opportunity to indulge in his passion for all creatures,
great and small. Today, he has gained a depth of experience with many
domestic and exotic animals including our own native Australian wildlife.
The changing face of the animal care industry in Australia reflects the
global trend of employers, employees and animal care students across the
world seeking Respect, Recognition, Reward and Responsibility for the
work that they do.
Penny has been working in the zoo industry for the past 13 years with
a variety of animal species. For the past 3 years she has been employed
by Sea World as a Polar Bear Keeper. Penny has had some amazing experiences
while working in various zoos around Australia and also with Giant Pandas
I have had a keen interest in photography since
about grade 4 when I started photographing my puppy Cairn Terrier cross.
Back then I developed film in the pantry at night with a blanket over
the door and enlarged prints in a spare room that eventually became a
permanent dark room. My best enlargements were mounted on cardboard cut
from boxes that the paper came in.
Art, animals or the two combined have always been
a part of my life. From as far back as I can remember I have had a creative
streak and loved animals too. I was always keeping myself amused with
drawing and art, animal collectibles and my pets.
The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) in conjunction with
International Professional Groomers Inc recently held the first ever Master
Groomers Certification course in Australia. Master Groomers Certification
is the highest level of recognition that a groomer can achieve in the
industry. Until now this certification has only been available to groomers
in a few overseas countries.