Kick-start your Career - Perth's only Nationally Recognised Cattery and Kennel Based Course
Have you ever dreamed of working with animals? Are you looking for an introduction to the animal care industry? Are you a volunteer and want to be able to offer more help and assistance to an animal rescue, animal adoption, cattery or kennel facility? Yes? ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Animal Care and Welfare) is a great place to get started!
This intensive 14-week course includes weekly training at the Cat Haven in Shenton Park and at the Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) kennel facility in Southern River. It is one of the quickest ways to gain a nationally recognised animal studies qualification and obtain valuable experience in a local animal shelter and kennel facilities.
- Duration: 14 weeks
- Practical Training: 1 day per week at the Cat Haven/GAPWA
- Class Time: Half day per week in Bentley
- Online Study Time: Approx. 25 hours per week
- Prerequisite: none required
- Best suited to: Students who wish to start a career in the animal care industry or those who wish to go on to further studies such as Vet Nursing.
- A full day induction at AVT's Campus in Bentley at the start of the course,
- one day per week at the Cat Haven located in Shenton Park, WA or at Greyhounds as Pets located in Southern River, WA. You will be required to spend time at each of the facilities during the course plus,
- one half-day per week at AVT's Campus in Bentley to receive intensive small group practical training, and
- you will also require approximately 25 hours per week of home-based online eLearning to complete theory and submit assessments.
- be available to participate in ALL training days (1.5 days per week)
- be physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed e.g. large bags of food of up to 10 kg and standing for extended periods of time
- have a reliable internet connection and access to a desktop computer or laptop. You will be required to write, submit and in some cases upload assessments and various types of multi-media files online in your own time, therefore we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for your studies
- be proficient in speaking and writing in English
- must be at least 18 years of age
- due to the required workload and level of study, have a minimum level of schooling up to and including year 10, with a good understanding of science and maths.
Students with eligible credit transfers may apply, however due to the course delivery format, 100% attendance is required for orientation/induction and practical placement days and therefore full course fees will apply.
- fundamental principles of working in the animal care, rescue and welfare industry,
- animal health and well-being including first aid care
- enrichment for animals including mental stimulation, exercise and feed planning, socialisation and exposure to positive experiences
- low stress handling and minimising stress in the rescue or animal care environment
- encouraging natural animal behaviours
- environmental sustainability
- increasing an animal's potential for rehoming
|Certificate II in Animal Studies|
Blended learning, 1 day onsite
|Dedicated student support|
|One-on-one mentoring by AVT lecturers|
|Assessments and Certification|
|Workplace practical insurance cover|
|AVT practical kit including uniform, name badge and workbook|
|Total course fees|
|Payable via our monthly payment plan||Initial payment of $1,500 plus|
3 x $675 monthly payments
*Fees, inclusions and payment plan amounts are subject to change.
If you decide to withdraw from study for any reason, refunds are not issued. Please see our policies page for full details.
- an AVT shirt (supplied by AVT)
- steel capped shoes (supplied by student),
- neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).
Click here to visit our general Certificate II information page and learn more about career opportunities.
What will you learn?
During the course, you will become familiar with the fundamental principles of working in the animal care industry. In addition to the topics covered in the Certificate II in Animal Studies course, you will be introduced to:-
- fundamental principles of working and volunteering in the animal care industry,
- understanding body language in animals,
- low-stress handling,
- enrichment in an animal care environment including mental stimulation, exercise and feed planning and socialisation,
- increasing an animal’s potential for rehoming,
- animal health and well-being including first aid for animals and much more.
All of the skills and knowledge you will learn can be applied in a shelter and rescue based organisation or across a broad range of animal care facilities in commercial organisations.
Apply Here Now
This course has limited places with high demand. We reserve the right to close course intakes before the advertised close date.
We recommend submitting your application below, as early as possible.
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Monday 6th September - Thursday 9th December
Applications Close Thursday, 26th August
Commence February 2022
What students from AVT's other courses say ...
Having had no animal learning before, I find this course brilliant with clear concise notes, knowledgeable lecturers and RSPCA staff, and especially having the day at the RSPCA is extremely beneficial. Hands on learning and getting interaction with animals is a great help in learning handling behaviours.
This course has taught me the basic care of animals and about animal health in general. This course allows people to get hands on experience and lecturers to provide practical care to animals. Thus; others with an interest in animals will gain and have a positive outcome to the course, alike to me.
Everyone is super helpful if you need anything explained. Skye conducts classes in a relaxed and friendly environment so I feel comfortable joining in, and she is always willing to explain anything until everything is clarified.
Why choose an intensive pathway course for Animal Studies?
- Professionally managed and delivered course - with on-site supervision, complete with tutorials and lectures to help you understand and apply theory with ease
- Qualified lecturers delivering supervised practical training and assessment with a structured study time table to ensure you stay on track and are learning from the best.
- This intensive pathway will allow you to meet the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing – you can gain your qualification in 14 weeks and can then apply for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to become a qualified veterinary nurse*
- No stress! - This unique format course also means you do not have to worry about finding your own work placement normally required for this national qualification. Your essential practical training and classroom training will take place in a small group setting with other like-minded students.
- This certificate increases your opportunities for employment in the animal care industry and gives recognition towards entry into further studies.
*Please note: Completion of this qualification meets the prerequisite for ACM40418 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. However, it does not guarantee you a place on one of our own courses. Due to high demand, our AVT selection criteria also applies. Please read full details on our Veterinary Nursing Course Entry page.