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Cedar Glen Workshop Retreat

For Trainee Veterinary Nurses

May 24 - 27



About Cedar Glen

Cedar Glen is a real working farm and has been a farmstay for over 30 years.  

Situated in the foothills of the spectacular ‘Lost World’ section of the Lamington National Park, ‘Cedar Glen’ is a unique place to experience.

The Stephens family have worked the cattle property for over one hundred years, and it is steeped in history and family tradition.



Cedar Glen is located in
South East Queensland,
adjacent to the famous
Lamington National Park,
within easy reach of Brisbane
and the Gold Coast.

Cedar Glen Farmstay
3338 Kerry Rd, Darlington
Queensland 4285 Australia

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Meet Some Of The Animals

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Workshop Retreat

Join us in the Gold Coast Hinterland for adventure, fun, and exciting continuing education. Three days of continuing education for trainee veterinary nurses. Our program, hosted by TISOVN, will combine interesting lectures to further your professional development with practical and theory training and free time to enjoy the surroundings, the animals and one another. Experience the continuing education workshop like no other while you soak up the scenery, network with other trainee vet nurses and enjoy well-deserved relaxation in country surroundings.

Continuing Education:

  • Vaccinations and Diseases      

  • Communication 

  • Drugs and Medications

  • Emergencies

  • Restraining

  • Surgery Prep

  • Nutrition

  • Basic Pathology

  • Catheter Placement

  • Jugular Blood Collection

  • CPR

  • ET Tube Placement

  • Bandaging

  • Suturing

  • Instruments

  • Kit Wrapping

  • Dental Scoring

  • Surgery

  • Anaesthetic Monitoring

  • Admits/Discharge Advice

  • Pre-Consultations

  • Farm Animal Vet Checks

  • Horse Care/Wash

Early Bird Pricing Until November 30th 2020:

  • Price per student $1495 - SOLD OUT

  • TISOVN Students can opt for payment plan with the early bird special and can continue to pay the fees after the workshop date


  • Prices increase $500 on December 1, 2020.

  • Airport transfers not included in price 

  • Students can bring their dogs if the their dogs are trained, vaccinated and well behaved - additional $50 per dog

  • Students will be sharing a room with another student and will be allocated a room on first come, first served.

  • Payment plans are available for non TISOVN students. Students will need to pay for the workshop in full prior to commencement

  • Only 8 students are permitted to attend this workshop

  • Students are required to bring scrubs and closed shoes

What's Included

  • 4 days / 3 nights accommodation at Cedar Glen Homestead

  • 3 days of continuing education 

  • ​Breakfast provided each morning

  • Lunch provided on 3 days

  • Dinner provided on 3 nights

  • Snacks and drinks provided

  • 1 x TISOVN Qualification Course (students choice) valued up to $4999

  • 1 x Student Name Badge (students choice) valued $29.95

  • 1 x TISOVN Emblem Badge valued $29.95

  • 1 x Gift Pack 

  • 1 x Information Folder

The Accommodation

Cedar Glen is over 100 years old and is mostly in its original state providing students a unique opportunity to experience a real sense of Australian country history.

Cedar Glen was the original family homestead where 10 Stephens children were raised. It is now guest accommodation only, and is made up of 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms/toilet and a kitchenette facility.  

Built in 1901 from timber grown on the property, The Homestead had only ever been occupied by the Stephens family until we began using the house solely for Farmstay purposes in 2000. As was common at the turn of the 20th century, the old Queenslander style houses were built in two sections. This is evident in Cedar Glen Homestead, where the front section is all living area, while the back section houses the kitchen, dining and lounge area. There is only a narrow verandah section separating the two, and the reason for this was for fire safety. In those days they considered the most likely place for a fire to start would be in the kitchen area. Such a design would give them a chance to stop the fire before it caught on to the living area, or at least give them a chance to escape.

The accommodation adjoins the dining area where the delicious Cedar Glen meals are prepared and served for guests. The dining room has an open fire place for winter warmth.

The huge open veranda is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the spectacular views.

Furnished with antiques, some of which have been in the homestead since it was built in 1901, the house is of timber construction with high ceilings and large rooms and verandas.

Cedar Glen Homestead provides students with:

  • Reverse cycle aircon

  • Beds have electric blankets

  • A pool table

  • TV room with internet

  • 2 Kitchenettes with small fridge

  • All linen is provided

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Retreat schedule

Monday, May 24

  • 3:00pm: Arrival

  • 3:30pm: Afternoon animal feeding and egg collecting

  • 5:00pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks

  • 6:30pm: Dinner in the dining room

  • 7:30pm: Camp Fire/Down Time

Tuesday, May 25

  • 8:00am: Morning animal feeding

  • 8:45am: Breakfast in the dining room 

  • 9:30am: Workshop Begins

  • 11:00am: Morning tea (15 min)

  • 12:30pm: Lunch

  • 1:00pm: Workshop

  • 3:15pm: Afternoon tea (15 min)

  • 5:00pm: 4WD Twilight mountain tour

  • 6.30pm: Dinner in the dining room

  • 7:30pm: Camp Fire/Down Time

Wednesday, May 26

  • 8:00am: Morning animal feeding

  • 8:45am: Breakfast in the dining room 

  • 9:30am: Farm animals vet checks

  • 11:00am: Morning tea (15 min) 

  • 12:30pm: Lunch 

  • 1:00pm: Farm animals vet checks

  • 2:00pm: Boomerang throwing and whip cracking

  • 2:45pm: Afternoon tea (15 min)

  • 3:00pm: Afternoon animal feeding, Alpacca walk and egg collecting

  • 5:00pm: Recap

  • 6:30pm: Dinner in the dining room

  • 7:30pm: Camp Fire/Down Time

Thursday, May 27

  • 8:00am: Morning animal feeding

  • 8:45am: Breakfast in the dining room 

  • 10:00am: Checkout of the Homestead and go to equine classroom

  • 10:15am: Morning tea

  • 10:30am: Equine workshop

  • 12:30pm: Lunch

  • 1:00pm: Equine workshop

  • 2:45pm: Afternoon tea (15 min)

  • 3:00pm: Afternoon animal feeding and egg collecting

  • 500:pm: Departure

Equine Topics

  • Equine Characteristics

  • Equine Dentition and Ageing

  • Equine Conformation

  • Equine Digestive System and Feeding

  • Equine Vaccinations, Parasites and Disease

  • Equine Diet

  • Equine Hoof

  • Equine Tack

  • Equine Rugs, Boots and Bandages

  • Equine Health

  • Equine Perception and Body Language

  • Equine Behavioural Problems


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Meet The Speakers

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Sabrina Stephens from Hands-On Equine

and her endurance bred Anglo Arab Cameo Pippin

Sabrina moved to Australia from Germany in 2004. Horses have always been a huge part of her life, and when the opportunity came up, to work on a real-life Arabian stud/ Cattle farm/ Tourism operation, she jumped at it, and never looked back.


Sabrina took over the well-established Arabian stud in 2010, and has been focusing on breeding well conformed and great tempered Endurance Horses.

Sabrina’s Interest in Endurance started in 2004, on her homebred purebred mare Cherry. Many km’s and years later, Sabrina has represented QLD in the National State Championship (Tom Quilty 100 miles in one day) and is still to this day very involved in QLD Endurance.


Sabrina started looking into further deepening her knowledge, by attending various Bodywork courses, Biomechanics clinics, Equine dissection with world renowned Bone Guru Sharon May-Davis and eventually a Certification course with Equestricare for Equine Sports Massage. 2 years after Certifying and having worked in her own business Hands-On Equine (offering a holistic approach to horse health), Sabrina got offered a teaching position with Equestricare.

Sabrina is passionate about educating people and sharing her passion on all levels Equine. From showing you how to take a horses heart rate, temperature, basic injury care, basic hoof care to gait abnormalities, basic horse handling skills and being safe around them and even touching on horsemanship skills.

The workshop is going to be hands on and interactive. Get ready to get your hands dirty and walk away with knowledge some people take years to attain.


We look forward to share this fantastic opportunity with you.

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