Study Modes
  • Online
Duration
  • 1-2 years Online
Cost
  • Full fee $2,795
  • VET program $2,300

Our nationally recognised Certificate III in Animal Studies is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care workplace. Graduates can start a career in the animal care industry, complete their formal qualification to complement existing employment or move on to a higher level qualification.

Increase your opportunities for employment

Graduates have increased opportunities for employment in the animal care industry in voluntary and paid positions. This certificate is highly regarded within the animal care industry and will strengthen your employment opportunities in this highly competitive job market. This certificate will also award you recognition towards entry into further studies. (eg Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing).

Flexible learning

The Certificate III in Animal Studies combines simple, easy to understand theory information with a practical placement in the animal industry. The theory component is delivered via our interactive online learning portal, making learning both flexible and fun.

Vital practical skills that will give you an edge

To gain the essential practical skills required to successfully complete this course, students are required to spend 250 hours in an animal care facility.

This will enable you to put into practice the theory components of the course and develop the hands-on skills that are essential for a career in the animal industry. Suitable facilities might include kennels, catteries, doggy day care centres, agistment centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres or zoos.

Your nationally recognised qualification

Applied Vocational Training (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 III 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.

 

Study Modes

Certificate III  in Animal Studies is offered via our online study mode:-

Ideal for students who:
  • are seeking a self-paced course
  • want to study from home or at high school
  • maybe already working in an animal care facility
  • are seeking a formal qualification in Animal Studies

Online

Supported online learning - Start your course at any time!

  • Duration – 1-2 years at your own pace
  • Delivery Method - online access to learning centre with full support of our educators via phone, email or skype
  • Attendance - on-campus is not required. Perth based practical workshops are offered throughout the year
  • Workplace practical training guide - a comprehensive package to assist you in securing a work placement in your local area
  • Assessment methods - range from online assignments and tests, oral testing via telephone or skype, case studies, video submissions of practical tasks
  • Course commencement - at any time of year to suit student

The Certificate III in Animal Studies is a self-paced course, allowing you to study at a pace that suits your lifestyle, up to 2 year’s duration.

For school students studying as part of a VET program, you will require 1 day per week (over the course of 2 academic years) to complete both the theoretical studies and practical training.

If you are a VET students who has successfully completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies via the VET in Schools program you will receive credits towards 6 units of competency and as such will require 1 day per week (over the course of one academic year) to complete both the theoretical study and practical training.

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What subject units will I study?

ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies is comprised of 12 topics 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 dogs”.   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 of competency covers the process required to measure current resource use effectively and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative environment impacts of work practices.

This unit of competency covers the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition.

This Unit of Competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

This unit of competency covers the process of providing behavioural management and enrichment to stimulate, replenish and maintain appropriate behavioural patterns of animals.

This unit of competency covers the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying birds and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying common native mammals, their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behaviour requirements and basic preventative health measures.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying domestic cats and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying reptiles and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements for non-venomous reptiles as well as assisting with behavioural requirements and preventative health measures.

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying rodents and rabbits and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

This unit covers the process of providing daily care for horses and defines the standard required to:  complete stable routines efficiently;  complete daily horse maintenance;  select horses for a range of purposes;  catch and tie up horses;  groom or rug horses as required by the organisation;  clean and maintain equipment;  work safely around horses.

Course Fees and Requirements

What are the course fees and what do they include?

Our fees are fully inclusive and reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. Pricing and payment plan options depend on course delivery option chosen as shown below.

Certificate III in Animal Studies
Online
VET in schools
Duration
1 year
1 year
Delivery
Online
Online
Learning guides
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
Flexible payment plan options
Course fee
$2,795
$2,300

Flexible payment plans are available

 

Entry Requirements

This course is a natural progression after successful completion of Certificate II in Animal Studies. It provides students with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the workplace or move on to higher qualifications.
This course is also available for students wishing to undertake VET studies as part of their academic learning. Direct entry into the Certificate III is available in some circumstances, however we strongly recommend beginning your study pathway at the Certificate II level.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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 6 units of competency and as such the Certificate III would be significantly reduced in cost to reflect the units already completed.

Outcomes

On successful completion you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM30110 Certificate III 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 Outcomes

Students who have completed the Certificate III in Animal Studies go on to careers as a:-

  • Welfare shelter supervisor
  • Pet sitting business owner
  • Kennel assistant manager/supervisor
  • Equine agistment / Stable supervisor
  • Dog grooming assistant
  • Pet shop supervisor
  • Veterinary receptionist or assistant

For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers >>

 

Skills Outcomes

Some of the skills you will be able to apply once qualified include:-

  • Assess the nutritional requirements of animals and design suitable feeding plans
  • Implement a range of animal care hygiene routines
  • Accurately assess and monitor animal health and identify a range of health problems in your chosen species
  • Identify and interpret a range of species-specific normal and abnormal behaviours and their possible causes
  • Design and implement enrichment programs in line with species-specific behavioural needs
  • Safely and correctly handle and restrain animals in a variety of situations
  • Administer animal care treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about this qualification?  Check out our frequently asked questions below, for the answers to your question. If you are unable to find an answer, feel free to contact us via our contact us page.

Our Animal Studies courses are self-paced and offered via supported online learning. This means you can apply at any time throughout the year.  To enrol simply go to the bottom of the page and complete our online enrolment form or click here.

Certificate II and III in Animal Studies are Online Course. For these courses, you do not need to attend lessons and you can carry out all of your studies from home. All the course material is available online, this can also be downloaded if you wish to print the study materials. You will also attend a practical work place where you will complete assessments and skills worksheets. All assessments are then completed and submitted online.

The simple answer to this is no, however it depends on your individual circumstances and academic capabilities. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a higher level course compared to the Certificate III in Animal Studies and therefore it does require a certain level of academic ability and preferably some work experience within a vet clinic. It may be that you already meet the criteria to go straight onto the Cert IV in Vet Nursing course.  The Certificate III in Animal Studies is not specifically designed to be a pathway onto the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing. However, it is aimed at students wanting to work in the many different areas of the animal industry and can assist in your application for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

We do not hold a formal Open Day, however we often attend careers expos and events organised by schools. Throughout the year we conduct information sessions which are offered by invitation. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please contact us

The units are assessed using various methods. These include multiple choice quizzes, tests, written assignments and practical assignments such as video and photographic evidence.

We have a team of highly qualified lecturers who have worked in various areas of the animal industry (take a look at our ‘Meet Our Team’ page). Our lecturers are always on hand to answer any questions or provide further explanations or clarification of any of the course material. They will mentor and coach you through the course material when required.  You can contact our lecturers via phone, email or Skype.

We have students enrolled in our VET program around Australia, so it is likely your VET Co-ordinator may consider introducing our animal care program at your school.

If your school does not offer our courses as part of their VET in Schools program we advise that you speak with your careers adviser or VET co-ordinator.  We encourage you to direct them to this website and contact us via our website. We can send them our VET in Schools information pack and answer any of their questions in relation to your interest in studying Animal Care.

The only difference between registered training providers courses content might be the units contained in the course. There are many units that can be included in a course and training providers choose which ones they are going to use. You would find that the units chosen are quite similar however. Our course is broad based and gives an excellent introduction to working with animals. It is not aimed at one career or species in particular and there is opportunity to learn about many different animals. All study materials are written, reviewed and delivered by Veterinarians, Animal Scientists and Veterinary Nurses with formal training qualifications.

None of our courses require up front payment, we offer flexible monthly payment plans for all students. Total course fees and payment plan structure vary with each course and individual circumstances. For more information, contact us.

Concession fees are available to eligible students only through our courses which have been granted government funding. Currently this only applies to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing for students that are residing within Western Australia. For more information on the eligibility criteria please see the Fees & Entry section (tab) on this page.

You may be able to get financial or government assistance such as Austudy, if you study the course on a full-time basis. The full-time study duration is as follows: Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing – 12 months, Certificate III Animal Studies – 12 months, Certificate II Animal Studies – 6 months. You will need to approach Centrelink for further advice on government assistance.

Our Animal Studies courses are self-paced and offered via supported online learning. This means you can apply at any time throughout the year.  To enrol simply go to the bottom of the page and complete our online enrolment form or click here.

No, there are no entry requirements for the Certificate III in Animal Studies. We ask that all students are at least 16 years of age and speak English. You do not need to have any experience with animals either to study for the Certificate III in Animal Science. The course includes a practical training module which will require you to complete a practical work placement within an area of the animal industry, providing you with some practical experience to compliment the theory modules.

Our Animal Studies courses are available online, so you can study from anywhere around Australia or overseas.  As long as you have access to a reliable internet connection via a PC or electronic device and can secure a workplace for your practical training then you can complete our qualifications from any location.

We have students enrolled in our VET program around Australia, so it is likely your VET Co-ordinator may consider introducing our animal care program at your school.

If your school does not offer our courses as part of their VET in Schools program we advise that you speak with your careers adviser or VET co-ordinator.  We encourage you to direct them to this website and contact us via our website. We can send them our VET in Schools information pack and answer any of their questions in relation to your interest in studying Animal Care.

Yes, our qualifications in Vet Nursing and Animal Studies are nationally recognised. Our company is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate. 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 only difference between registered training providers courses content might be the units contained in the course. There are many units that can be included in a course and training providers choose which ones they are going to use. You would find that the units chosen are quite similar however. Our course is broad based and gives an excellent introduction to working with animals. It is not aimed at one career or species in particular and there is opportunity to learn about many different animals. All study materials are written, reviewed and delivered by Veterinarians, Animal Scientists and Veterinary Nurses with formal training qualifications.

For Certificate II and III in Animal Studies students, your workplace practical hours can be completed at one or more workplaces. It is important to remember that your practical placement must correspond with the species specific unit that you choose as your elective unit. To complete your placement at 2 or more work places, you must ensure all paperwork is completed by both work places and submitted to AVT.

Many of our Animal Studies students, unless employed at a suitable workplace, complete their required hours in a voluntary position whether that be as a volunteer in an animal or wildlife shelter or an animal related business.

Prior to commencing your work placement, you will need to complete the practical workplace approval form to our Student Liaison Officer to ensure the voluntary organisation is suitable for the course requirements and is likely to be approved for your workplace training.

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Student Testimonials

The study modules for the Certificate III were structured in a way that made them extremely interesting and easy to understand. Throughout the courses, I gained an insight into the day-to-day running of animal care facilities and was able to build-up my practical experience through my work placement at a native animal rehabilitation facility.

Hayley Wilson – Certificate III in animal studies graduate

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About AVT

We are a registered training organisation based in Perth, Western Australia run by veterinarians, animal scientists and veterinary nurses who combine outstanding industry knowledge with extensive experience in teaching.