Teacher training enables former vet to thrive as animal studies teacher

When veterinarian Mohammad Bhuyan migrated from Bangladesh to Melbourne in 2015, one of his biggest challenges was how to build a career he loved in his new country.

Armed with an overseas qualification in veterinary science and seven years of experience as a registered veterinarian in Bangladesh, Mohammad’s first steps were to pursue further study in Melbourne as a stepping-stone into employment.

That’s when he enrolled in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology and the Certificate III in Animal Studies, a move which enabled him to secure a role as laboratory technician at Kangan Institute.

“As a laboratory technician, I had the opportunity to work both in laboratory and animal studies environments. My main responsibilities were to prepare and demonstrate laboratory practical science classes and work with the teacher in animal studies practical classes,” Mohammad shared.

After three years as a technician, Mohammad decided to apply his extensive knowledge and experience in a new direction – teaching. He also applied for the Victorian Government’s TAFE teacher incentive program which provides skilled professionals in industry with an incentive payment to retrain as a TAFE teacher. 

“My education and experience in working within the education sector gave me confidence and encouraged me to change my profession to become a TAFE teacher,” he said.

“After getting encouragement and support from my managers and supervisors, I started the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at Kangan Institute, which was an evening program, and applied for the TAFE Teacher Incentive Program.

“Throughout the course, I received mentoring and support from Kangan Institute’s teaching department. After completing my training I secured a full-time ongoing teaching position in Animal Studies and Laboratory Science at Kangan Institute.”

Mohammad is thriving in his new role as a teacher at Kangan Institute’s Broadmeadows campus.

“I am very proud to be a part of Kangan Institute and I am enjoying working with the students of multicultural background,” he said.

“Overall, my working environment, support from managers, supervisors and colleagues have provided me the opportunity to fulfill my professional dream, commitment to excellence, and contribution to society.”

Kangan Institute’s Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is delivered through a combination of remote and flexible delivery, including interactive online tutorials, virtual classroom simulation and one-on-one mentoring.

Amy Crennan, Kangan Institute lead educator for training and assessment, said it was a pleasure to have played a part in Mohammad’s success.

“Our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course is flexibly delivered and our students are provided with one-on-one mentoring to help them achieve their educational goals,” she said.

“It was a privilege to have supported Mohammad with taking on a new career as a teacher. We’re so pleased to welcome him as an educator at our TAFE and we wish him all the best for his future.” 

For more information about the Kangan Institute’s training and assessment programs, visit our website

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