Your start to a great future 

Many high school students and graduates aspire to work with animals and the Certificate II and III qualifications we offer are excellent pre-vocational courses that can lead to a wide variety of career pathways in the animal care industry.

Combining online learning with industry practical placements, our animal studies courses will provide you with both the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the workplace or move on to higher qualifications.

 

Which animal studies course is best for you?

This depends on your individual experience and academic ability.  

High school student?

If you are at high school or a high school aged student, we recommend commencing your animal care career with the Certificate II in Animal Studies or the Certificate II in Horse Care. You can find out more detailed information on what age you need to be to commence the Certificate II in Animal Studies here.

High school leaver?

Depending on a student's individual interests, we recommend all high school-leavers commence with the Certificate II in Animal Studies  or the Certificate II in Horse Care. The only time we recommend direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies is when a student has already completed a Certificate II in either Animal Studies or an alternative course or has considerable work experience in the animal care industry.

Are you a few years out of school or mature aged?

If you are new to the animal care industry and wanting to learn more about animals, we would suggest you commence with the Certificate II in Animal Studies. If you have a special interest or experience with horses the Certificate II in Horse Care is also a good option. Both are excellent entry level courses to introduce you to the world of animal care. If you have not studied for some time and/or have only previously completed studies up to year 10 in high school, the Certificate II courses are also an ideal starting point to give you the foundations for further study in this area.

If you are a mature-aged student who has considerable experience working with animals, has completed year 11 studies or higher at high school, and are seeking a general animal care qualification, we would suggest that you begin your studies at the Certificate III in Animal Studies.

VET in schools animal care course

How do they compare?

We offer both the Certificate II and III in Animal Studies as flexible online learning courses and blended course options. The Certificate II in Horse Care is only offered as an online learning course.

The online eLearning option requires you to organise your own practical training in an approved animal related organisation. The blended options are a combination of on-campus classroom training, onsite practical training in which we organise and supervise your workplace practical training at a reputable WA based workplace as well as home online eLearning.

For anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary nursing, our animal studies qualifications meet the prerequisite for ACM40418 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. All applicants are subject to the AVT selection process once the prerequisite is met. 

Detailed Qualification Comparison

 
ACM20117 Animal Studies
ACM20117 at Dogs'Refuge/Cat Haven
ACM20217 Horscare
ACM30117 Animal Studies
ACM30117 at the RSPCA
Duration
1 year
14 weeks
Up to 2 years
Up to 2 years
6 months
Study Mode
Online only
Blended (online and on-campus)
Online only
Online only
Blended (online and on-campus)
Attendance
No on-campus attendance required
Attendance required
No on-campus attendance required
No on-campus attendance required
Attendance required at the RSPCA
Work placement hours required
150hrs
1 day per week
Dependant on Experience
250hrs
1 day per week at the RSPCA
Who organises work placement
Student
Organised by AVT
Student
Student
Organised by AVT
Pre-requisites
Not required
Not required
Not required
Not required
Not required
Detailed selection and interview process
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Start date
Anytime
Various times throughout year
Anytime from Feb 2020
Anytime
February and July
Course content
No. of units
12
12
14
12
12
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health & safety processes
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 Feed & water animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in healthcare of animals
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMEQU201 Work safely in industries with horses
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU203 Provide basic care of horses
ACMEQU204 Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses
ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
AHCLSK211 Provide feed for livestock
RGRHBR304 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
Species specific unit choices
Choose from one of:
Birds, Common Native Mammals, Dogs, Cats, Non-venomous reptiles, Rodents and Rabbits, Horse behaviour and Care*
Cats only
Choose from one of:
Birds, Common Native Mammals, Dogs, Cats, Non-venomous reptiles, Rodents and Rabbits, Horse behaviour and Care*
Choose from:
Dogs or Cats
Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing
Meets initial pre-requisite for Vet Nursing
Cost*
$2,845
$3,545
Normally $3,545 Introductory $2,795
$3,795
$5,495



*For more detailed information about fees visit the individual qualification pages as well as our our student policies page

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