Agriculture and horticulture courses are cropping up all over the place…
Agriculture and horticulture courses are cropping up all over the place…..
Australia has a very strong agricultural background and courses to study the industry are very popular. Here are a few suggestions to think about if you’re interested in the area.
Agriculture and Horticulture Courses
VET in Beekeeping
A VET in beekeeping is not necessary to be a beekeper but it will give a thorough knowledge of the area to enable a role in a large professional apiary. There aren’t many courses available but TasTAFE has a Certificate III in Beekeeping which takes 18 months to complete and is completed through on the job training with experienced beekeepers.
VET in Horticulture
A VET in horticulture can lead to several roles including becoming a horticultural manager. There are many different courses available but a Diploma in Horticulture gives all the necessary qualifications to get started in the industry. Sunraysia TAFE offers a Diploma in Horticulture and a Diploma in Production Horticulture at two if its campuses, either of which would be the perfect starting place for anyone interested. The course length varies between 1 year and 3 years and can be delivered on campus or through flexible delivery.
Bachelor of Animal Science
An animal science degree can lead on to many opportunities including as an animal scientist. The degree generally takes 3 or 4 years and often offers the option to specialise in one area. The Bachelor of Animal Science at University of New England offers three different majors, livestock production, wildlife management and canine & equine science in its degree. The course can be done in 4 years but students may take up to 10 to complete it.
VET in Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary nursing is very popular and there’s strong competition to get into courses. Generally there’s the option to complete courses through a traineeship also. South Metropolitan TAFE has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing that can be done full time, part time or by correspondence. If done as a full-time course it can be completed in 1 year and is available at their Bentley campus. It also provides a pathway onto a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing for those interested.
Bachelor of Agribusiness
Degrees in agribusiness look at both the agricultural side and the commercial side of the agricultural industry. The degree is usually 3 years long and covers the fundamentals of farming and agriculture along with subjects such as accounting and management. The University of Queensland offers a Bachelor of Agribusiness which can be done on its own or part of a dual degree. For roles such as agribusiness analyst or agricultural adviser this type of degree is becoming vital.