Easy to understand theoryThe Certificate II in Animal Studies combines simple, easy to understand theory with a practical placement in the animal care industry. The course is comprised of relevant topics covering the main fundamental principles of working in the animal care industry. The theory component is delivered via our interactive online learning portal, making learning both flexible and fun.
Putting theory into practice - your Animal Studies Workplace Practical TrainingTo gain the valuable practical skills required to successfully complete this course, you will be required to spend 150 hours in an approved animal care organisation of your choice. We often refer to this as your Work Placement. Your work placement will enable you to put into practice the theory components of the course, develop essential hands-on skills that are necessary for a career in the animal industry as well as complete the compulsory workplace assignments that are an important part of the assessment towards your qualification. Suitable facilities might include kennels, catteries, doggy day care centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres or zoos. For more information about Practical Workplace Training visit the Study Modes tab on this page OR scroll to the end of this page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about work placement OR visit this information page about Practical Work Placements in Animal Studies
The AVT DifferenceHere's just a handful of reasons why students choose AVT:-
- Our team members know our students by name not by number! They are friendly and approachable and are available throughout the course to provide expert advice and coaching. They will also monitor and guide your progression
- We are a dedicated animal care college. No plumbing or hairdressing courses here!
- We are proud of the high graduation and employment rate of our students
- We are trusted and respected by industry - employers request our graduates
- Our course material is written by Veterinarians and Animal Scientists who are employed directly by AVT
- Our insurance arrangements ensure our students are protected throughout their training programs - both on-campus and in work placements (Australia based students only)
- We are an independent animal care and veterinary nursing registered training organisation. We do not have third party arrangements with other training providers to acquire content or distribute qualifications. We take pride in developing and delivering our own course material.
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Are you choosing a registered training organisation?AVT is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate II in Animal Studies. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration authority can be viewed on the training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers – View our details here. We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.
The new training package ACM was released on the 29th November 2017. ACM20110 has been superseded by ACM20117. For more information go to this link
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What subject units will I study?
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is comprised of 11 core units covering the principles of working in the animal care industry. Students must also select one species specific unit which will correspond with a species they are working with as part of their practical placement. Examples of the species specific units include “Provide basic care of birds” or “Provide basic care of domestic dogs”. Students who elect to study the Horse Behaviour and Care elective are required to study an additional pre-requisite unit (additional fees apply).
All units including the full range of species specific units are detailed below:-
This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment.
This unit of competency covers the responsibilities and procedures required to provide daily care of animals, including the cleaning of animal housing and grooming or cleaning of animals under supervision.
This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.
This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.
This unit of competency covers the terminology, culture and working conditions of an animal care workplace when working on an individual basis and with others.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to collect, process and store, and maintain workplace information and systems. It also includes the maintenance of filing and records systems.
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
This unit of competency must be completed prior to the included elective ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop basic knowledge of horse behaviour, read horse body language and minimise risk to self and others when interacting with horses. It applies to individuals who are new or inexperienced in handling, working with and/or riding horses.
ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to groom and monitor the basic health and welfare of suitably educated and calm horses. It covers identifying and reporting workplace hazards and risks of interacting with horses, and the application of industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of handlers and the horse. It applies to individuals who have no experience, limited experience or no recent experience working in the relevant horse industry sector.
What are the course fees and what do they include?Our fees reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. Please see the table below for course fees and inclusions for both our online course offered to the general public and VET in schools program. Concession rates are not available for this course. For more detailed information about AVT fees, please visit our policies page.
|Certificate II in Animal Studies|
VET in schools
|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|
|Total course fees|
See the VET in schools page for fees
|Payment plan details|
(Studying 20 hours per week)
|Enrolment fee (includes initial payment) $765|
Plus 4 x monthly payments $520
(Studying 10 hours per week)
|Enrolment fee (includes initial payment) $505|
Plus 9 x monthly payments $260
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Students who successfully complete the 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.
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Entry RequirementsThe Certificate II in Animal Studies is an ideal starting point if you have very little or no prior knowledge or experience in the animal care industry. There are no pre-requisites for entry into this course, making it a great pre-vocational course.
The minimum age requirement for this course is based on academic school year, with students being a minimum of Year 10 High School age or equivalent.
It is also a requirement of the course to organise your own work placement for your practical training. You will be expected to organise your work placement prior to commencing your third unit of study (VET in schools students please see the VET in Schools page for more information as some conditions do not apply). As part of your enrolment we will supply you with resources to assist you in securing a work placement in your local area.
To complete the course you will need:-
- 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
- to be proficient in speaking and writing in English
- to 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.
- to find a suitable workplace for your practical training where your supervisor can also read and write English
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OutcomesOn successful completion you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies. You will receive a statement indicating completion of the individual units of study. You will also be invited to attend our graduation ceremony held in Perth in December every year where you will be formally presented with a certificate. At this ceremony, top achieving students are also recognised and receive both commendations and prizes.
Job OutcomesStudents who have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies go on to careers as a:-
- Animal care attendant
- Welfare shelter attendant
- Kennel hand
- Cattery attendant
- Pet shop attendant
- Assistant dog groomer
- Stable hand
- Vet assistant For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers >>
Skills OutcomesSome of the skills you will be able to apply once qualified include:-
- Follow and implement animal feeding plans
- Carry out animal care hygiene routines
- Assist with the assessing the health of animals
- Administer basic animal first aid techniques
- Safety and correctly handle and restrain animals
- Identify and interpret animal behaviour
- Accurately complete animal care records
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General Public Enrolments
|ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies - 2018 - General Public|
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