Your start to a great future 

Many high school graduates aspire to work with animals and the Certificate II and III in Animal Studies 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 leaver?

We recommend all high school-leavers commence with the Certificate II in Animal Studies.  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. This is a good entry level course 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 in Animal Studies is 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 and has completed year 11 studies or higher at high school, 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 online eLearning option requires you to organise your own workplace 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 Veterinary Nursing. All applicants are subject to the AVT selection process once the prerequisite is met. 

 

 
ACM20117
ACM20117 intensive pathway
ACM30117
ACM30117 at the RSPCA
Duration
1 year
14 weeks
Up to 2 years
6 months
Study Mode
Online only
Blended (online and on-campus)
Online only
Blended (online and on-campus)
Attendance
No on-campus attendance required
Attendance required
No on-campus attendance required
Attendance required at the RSPCA
Work placement hours required
150hrs
1 day per week
250hrs
1 day per week at the RSPCA
Who organises work placement
Student
Organised by AVT
Student
Organised by AVT
Pre-requisites
Not required
Not required
Not required
Not required
Detailed selection and interview process
No
Yes
No
Yes
Start date
Anytime
Various times throughout year
Anytime
February and July
Course content
No. of units
12
12
12
12
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health & safety processes
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS204 Feed & water animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in healthcare of animals
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
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
$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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