Are you interested in a career working in a Zoo or Wildlife Sanctuary?

Yes, then this is a great place to start! This NEW introductory course provides students with exposure to exhibited animals including Australian wildlife and other species in a Zoo setting.

We are excited to be partnering with one of WA’s boutique zoo facilities, Ranger Red‚Äôs Zoo & Conservation Park (formerly Peel Zoo) in Pinjarra (WA).¬† Throughout this 14-week course, you will have weekly hands-on practical training at the zoo alongside a small group (max. 12) of other students.¬† AVT’s own highly experienced trainers will instruct and supervise your training whilst at the zoo. You will also be required to complete home-based online learning throughout the week.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification, ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies. This qualification will allow you to start your career in an entry-level position in the animal or wildlife care industry or meet the prerequisite for the national qualification in veterinary nursing. 



Ranger Red's Zoo - Zoo course and training in Peel and Mandurah
What will be required of you on a weekly basis?

On-site Practical Training  - You will attend the Zoo one day per week to receive hands-on practical training delivered by qualified and experienced AVT trainers.  You are expected to participate in ALL practical training days.

Online eLearning - You will also be required to complete approximately 25 hours per week of home-based learning to study theory and prepare and submit assessments.

What are the entry requirements?

Successful entrants into this course will:-

  • be available to participate in ALL practical training days at the Zoo (one day per week - fixed day to be determined by AVT prior to course commencement)
  • 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
  • not attending high school for the duration of the course¬†
  • 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.

Our courses are highly competitive and have limited places. Therefore, successful students are selected based on prior work experience, education, individual attitude and aptitude. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an AVT team member.

Credit transfers
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.

What will you learn?

You will become familiar with working in the animal care industry with a specific focus on the zoo and conservation industry. Most importantly you will learn the fundamental principles of working and volunteering in a Zoo setting. Including :

  • Understanding body language in animals
  • Public speaking and presentation skills to give you the confidence to speak to groups of visitors about exhibited animals
  • Enrichment in a Zoo environment including mental stimulation, exercise, and feed planning and training.
  • Principles of conservation and the Zoo's role in protecting our native wildlife
  • Animal health and nutrition
  • Ethology and behaviour of captive animals

For a full list of units, please visit this page

What are the fees for this course and what do they include?

If you are a successful applicant, to secure your position you will be required to make the initial payment as outlined below prior to course commencement.

Certificate II in Animal Studies
Intensive Delivery
14 weeks
Blended learning, 1 day onsite
Learning guides
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 planInitial payment of $1,500 plus
3 x $675 instalment payments

*Fees, inclusions and payment plan amounts are subject to change.

If you decide to withdraw from this course for any reason, refunds are not issued. Please see our policies page for full details.

What do you need to wear?

You will be required to wear:-

  • an AVT polo top (supplied by AVT)
  • enclosed black shoes (supplied by student),
  • neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).

"Presentation is key to success"

What can you do once you complete this course?

Many people aspire to work with animals and a Certificate II in Animal Studies can lead to a wide variety of further study opportunities and/or job pathways in the animal care industry.  Although this course has a zoo and wildlife focus, the qualification will also prepare you for an introduction to a range of vocations such as:-

  • Animal welfare carers,
  • Wildlife carers and animal fauna rehabilitation workers,
  • Conservation workers,
  • Zoo keepers,
  • Sanctuary management,
  • Park and wildlife rangers,
  • Pet-related organisations such as veterinary clinics, home-based pet services, animal trainers, animal attendants (kennels and catteries), pet daycare centres, agistment facilities and retail businesses such as pet shops.

    Click here to visit our general Certificate II information page and learn more about career opportunities.

Register Your Interest

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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Why choose an intensive pathway course for Animal Studies?

  • This intensive pathway allows you to gain a national qualification in 14 weeks so you can enter the workforce or continue on to further 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.¬†
  • 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 at a Certificate IV level (eg Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing).

Animal course - Perth student - Zoo in Peel WA

Looking for more details about the Certificate II in Animal Studies qualification? Learn more here

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What are some of the activities students will be involved in at the Zoo?

"Not only will students be involved in the day to day activities of the zoo, they will also have the opportunity to implement and design enrichment programs for the animals at the zoo as well as assist in the construction of new enclosures"

Carina - AVT Program Tutor and Assessor

What students from AVT's other courses say ...

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Alison M

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.

Abby G

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.

Megan B

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.

*Please note: Completion of this qualification does not guarantee you a place in ACM40418 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Please read our Course Entry page for more information