Increase your opportunities for employment in Animal CareOur graduates have increased opportunities for employment in the animal care industry in both voluntary and paid positions on course completion. Your certificate will be 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 - online deliveryThe 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 - Workplace Practical TrainingTo gain the valuable practical skills required to successfully complete this course, you will be required to spend 250 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 and develop essential hands-on skills that are necessary 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.
For more information about Workplace Practical Training visit the Study Modes Tab on this page, or visit this link for more general information. Alternatively, for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about work placement simply scroll to the bottom of this page.
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 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.
The new training package ACM was released on the 29th November 2017. ACM30110 has been superseded by ACM30117. For more information go to this link
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What subject units will I study?
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is 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 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 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 identifying common native mammals, their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behaviour requirements and basic preventative health measures.
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 III 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 over a year)
|Enrolment fee (includes initial payment) $645|
Plus 9 x monthly payments $350
(Studying 10 hours per week over two years)
|Enrolment fee (includes initial payment) $470|
Plus 19 x monthly payments $175
* 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)If you have successfully completed our Certificate II in Animal Studies and wish to progress and study towards the Certificate III in Animal Studies, you will receive credits towards 7 units of competency (including your species specific unit) and as such the Certificate III would be significantly reduced in cost to reflect the units already completed.
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Entry RequirementsThis animal care qualification is a natural progression after successful completion of ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies. It will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the workplace or move on to higher qualifications. Direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies is available in some circumstances, however we strongly recommend beginning your study pathway at the Certificate II level.
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
Important information for VET in Schools Program StudentsThe Certificate III in Animal Studies is also relevant if you wish to undertake VET studies as part of your high school academic learning. VET in School Program Students who are suitable candidates for direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies would be those students who have either:
- successfully completed an equivalent Certificate II in another industry and wish to now consider a career in the animal care industry OR
- have gained significant work experience in the animal care industry AND
- have a written letter of recommendation from their VET Co-ordinator to commence studies at a Certificate III level
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OutcomesOn 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 OutcomesStudents 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
Skills OutcomesSome 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
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|ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies - 2018 - General Public|
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