Your start to a great future – VET in Schools

Many secondary school  students 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 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 VET in Schools course is best for you?

VET in schools animal care courseThis depends on your individual experience and academic ability.  We recommend all VET school students 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, has considerable work experience with animals and has a recommendation from their VET co-ordinator.
 

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

This certificate is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

During your studies you will become familiar with the fundamental principles of working in the animal care industry.  Here’s just some of the topics you will cover:

  • feeding and nutrition in animals
  • how to assist in the care of animals
  • first aid skills
  • animal care hygiene
  • important workplace skills such as communications and occupational health and safety processes
  • and much more specific information such as identification, behavioural and physical needs, daily care requirements and preventative health measures for a species of your choice. Species you can choose from include birds, native animals, dogs, cats, rodents and rabbits, reptiles and horses

For a full list of units please visit this page

For anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary nursing, this is an excellent qualification to study as a VET In School subject. The entry requirements for Veterinary Nursing will soon be changing and much stricter prerequisites are being put in place. Students will likely be required to have completed ACM20117 or similar or have significant experience in the animal care industry to be granted entry into Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
 

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

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 Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing).

During your studies 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 course, you will also learn more about:-

  • infection control policies
  • providing behavioural management and enrichment to animals
  • detailed nutrition plans for different animal species
  • monitoring animal health and behaviour
  • taking greater responsibility for workplace health and safety

For a full list of units please visit this page

 

Entry Requirements

To complete the Certificate II or III in Animal studies via our VET in schools program you will need to:-

  • have approval from and the support of your school VET co-ordinator
  • be a minimum of Year 10 High School age or equivalent,
  • be physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed e.g. large bags of food of up to 15 kg and standing for extended periods of time
  • have a reliable internet connection and access to a desktop computer, laptop or electronic device. You will be required to write, submit and in some cases upload assessments and various types of multi-media files online, therefore we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for your studies
  • be proficient in speaking and writing in English
  • find a suitable workplace for your practical training where your supervisor can also read and write English

Animal Studies VET in schools

Specific entry requirements for ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

Direct entry into the Certificate III is available, however due to the required workload and level of study we recommend beginning this career pathway at the Certificate II level. Suitable candidates for direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies would be those who have either:

  • Successfully completed ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies OR have gained significant work experience in the animal care industry AND
  • have the support of their VET Coordinator at school to study at a Certificate III level.
Credit Transfers

Students who successfully complete our Certificate II in Animal Studies and wish to progress and study towards the Certificate III in Animal Studies, will receive credits towards 7 units of competency and as such the Certificate III would be significantly reduced in cost and duration to reflect the units already completed.

 

How long will each qualification take to complete?

Your school VET co-ordinator will assist us in setting an expected completion date depending on your school’s curriculum, term dates and academic requirements. As a guideline …

Certificate II

Typically high school students are able to complete the Certificate II in Animal Studies over the course of one academic year.


Certificate III

Typically high school students take up to two academic years to complete this qualification. Students who have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies in Year 11 can typically complete the Certificate III in Year 12.

The maximum course duration for either course is 2 years. 

 

Work placement – blending practical experiences with theory

Your work placement (work experience or practical training) will provide you with the critical skills required to handle animals, care for animals, speak confidently to clients and customers as well as develop the communication and confidence to work within teams where applicable.

Practical placements are arranged by either you or your VET co-ordinator and may be completed during nominated VET school days, on weekends and/or during school holidays, depending on your availability.
 
You are able to commence studying prior to finding a work placement, however a work placement will need to be organised shortly after starting the course. All workplaces must be  approved by our student support team prior to commencing logged hours. You will receive a Workplace Approval Kit to assist with this requirement. Additionally, you will receive access to our Work Placement Guide, a useful tool to help you find an organisation or business for your workplace training.

 

Fees

Fees and inclusions apply as per the table below.

 
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies VET program
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies VET program
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies VET program
with Credit Transfers *
Delivery
Online
Online
Online
Learning guides
Downloadable
Downloadable
Downloadable
Textbooks
Dedicated student support
One-on-one mentoring via phone, email skype
Assessments and Certification
Workplace practical insurance cover
AVT practical kit including uniform, name badge and workbook
Payment Plan Details
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies VET program
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies VET program
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies VET program
with Credit Transfers *
Individual Student Application (1 or 2 students at one school)
Enrolment fee $465.00
Plus 7 x monthly payments $200.00
Total fee $1,865.00

Enrolment fee $565.00
Plus 7 x monthly payments $300.00
Total fee $2,665.00
Enrolment fee $440.00
Plus 7 x monthly payments $175.00
Total fee $1,665.00
School Group Enrolment (Where 3 or more students from one school enrol at the same time)**
Enrolment fee $431.25
Plus 7 x monthly payments $166.25
Total fee $1,595.00
Enrolment fee $538.00
Plus 7 x monthly payments $266.00
Total fee $2,400.00
Enrolment fee $413.00
Plus 7 x monthly payments $141.00
Total fee $1,400.00

 
For more detailed information about our students policies including those that relate to our fees and charges please visit our student policies page here
* The Credit Transfer fees quoted above relate specifically to students who have successfully studied the Certificate II in Animal Studies with AVT. All other credit transfer requests will be assessed on a case by case basis and students will be advised at the total course cost after application.
** Group booking fee applies where a school has three or more students enrolling in the Certificate II or III in Animals Studies program at the same time. Any additional students applying in the same enrolment year will receive the discounted rate. Please contact us for more information if required.
Please note: Students choosing the elective ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses, will need to complete the pre-requisite unit ACMEQU205 Apply Knowledge of horse behaviour. The pre-requisite unit is in addition to the included units of study and therefore an additional fee of $210 applies.

 

Looking for more information?

Want to find out more about course duration, work placements, course content and a bunch more? Make sure you visit the individual qualifications pages:-

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Apply NOW!

To get started simply choose your course and select the relevant “Apply” button below. You will be prompted to complete our online application form. As part of our application process, if we have not yet spoken with your VET Co-ordinator we will seek approval directly from them, therefore you will be asked for your VET co-ordinator details and email address in this form.

Certificate II in Animal Studies
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies - 2018 - VET in Schools

 

Certificate III in Animal Studies
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies - 2018 - VET in Schools