Frequently Asked Questions

Mandatory Vaccination in WA

We encourage our students to get the COVID-19 vaccination as the best way to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from the virus.

We follow Commonwealth and State Government advice and requirements in relation to vaccinations.

To attend classes on-campus (including those held at the RSPCA, Cat Haven and Greyhounds as Pets) or blended courses, students will need to have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 31st December 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 31st January 2022.

Yes, The Government Roadmap specifies that students will need to be fully vaccinated, to attend classes at our campus.

Yes, students will need to be fully vaccinated to attend classes at these locations.

All WA students participating in work placement in a Veterinary Hospital or Clinic will need to be fully vaccinated to attend placement. 

For other WA placements in other organisations (e.g. Pet shops, Day-care centres, boarding facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centres, etc) where students are required to participate in practical training as part of their course requirements, the WA Government or organisation may require you to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Students will need to comply with such requirements in order to undertake the placement. You should discuss this with your supervisor or employer.

Given vaccinations are a state government mandate, we are now legally responsible to comply with this mandate and can be heavily fined if we are not compliant.  There are also penalties for individuals who do not comply. For this reason, you will need to prove that you are fully vaccinated before attending campus.

No, however, we will be requesting a digital copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate at the deadline dates or via our application forms if you are a new student. 

For further information regarding obtaining proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, access the following link:  COVID-19 Vaccination Proof

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a variety of locations across Western Australia, including state-run clinics, GPs and pharmacies. The easiest way to find your nearest vaccination location and make an appointment is to book online at  Roll Up for WA website.

Yes, if you have been granted a medical exemption from an authorised health professional, you may attend campus.

Exemptions on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register using their IM011 form. This must be completed by your GP or specialist medical practitioner and submitted to the Australian Immunisation Register for assessment. Where an exemption is provided by them, this must be provided to us as proof of exemption.

More information regarding medical exemptions can be accessed with the following link: Immunisation medical exemptions.

AVT have followed the government’s guidelines and health orders.

Future and Commencing Students

Yes, enrolments for our online courses are open and you can start immediately. In fact, now is a great opportunity to use your spare time to commence a qualification in a career you have always dreamed of. 

Our courses require the completion of both theoretical study and practical training to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with animals.

We recognise that work placement opportunities may be limited from time to time due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Ideally, under normal circumstances we suggest completing the theoretical and practical components of the course at the same time. However, amidst an outbreak, if you are unable to secure a placement we encourage you to work through the theoretical components of our courses. This means, once practical training opportunities are more readily available, you will be armed with the essential knowledge required to complete your practical training in a workplace. 

If you have been thinking about changing your career or embarking on a new career working with animals, now is a great time to get started.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our student support team.

Yes, our courses will go ahead as planned.  We will keep all applicants informed on the status of our courses including updates relating to COVID-19 restrictions and revised commencement dates if required.

Our courses require the completion of both theoretical study and practical training to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work with animals. If there are restrictions during your course we will work with your class to ensure you cover the required training to complete your qualification. This may include live online classes. 

If you have been thinking about changing your career or embarking on a new career working with animals, now is a great time to get started.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our student support team.

Current Students

Yes, you are classified as a voluntary worker and if your workplace is happy to have you on-site, you are allowed to attend your work placement for your practical training and provide assistance where required.  Please note this is subject to change, pending the Australian Government's Department of Health advice.

Please do not be concerned, you will be able to apply for an extension to your course duration should there be a COVID-19 outbreak

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your personal situation in further detail.

If there is an outbreak, we recommend that you use any time of isolation to complete the theoretical requirements of the course. This means reading and reviewing all course materials in Moodle and completing all of the theory-based online quizzes and assessments.  Once you are permitted to return to your work placement or you find an alternative workplace to undertake your training, you can then focus all of your time on completing the practical elements of your course. 


Yes, however, this depends on the unit of study and individual requirements of each assessment. 

Assessment guidelines for each unit are outlined by the Department of Training and Workforce Development WA.  This means only selected assessments are able to be completed at home with your own pets. 

Please refer to each assessment in Moodle for guidelines on which assessments can be conducted from home and those that need to be completed in a workplace. If you are unsure, please contact your AVT tutor or refer to the relevant Moodle discussions forum.

We realise making a decision to change your career or embark on a career is not an easy one. We also know the people who decide on a career working with animals are passionate about animals and their care. Our team would be devastated to find out you chose not to pursue your career in this area as a result of limited work placements caused a COVID-19 outbreak.  

For this reason, we advise you not to be discouraged at this point in time. Instead, we encourage you to focus on the theoretical requirements of the course. This way, you will be armed with the essential knowledge required to complete your practical training in a workplace, when restrictions are lifted and more work placements become available.

As many other Australians, we expect that we will recover from any further COVID-19 outbreak and our training programs and work placement opportunities will continue as normal. 

Please refer to to the Australian Government Department of Health resources   Alternatively, you can contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

DTWD/Jobs & Skills WA funded students can apply for concessional rates at any time throughout the course if their circumstances change. Concessional fees will only be applied to any units that you have not yet commenced. Please note that although funded concessions are administered through AVT, they are approved and paid for by Jobs and Skills WA and not AVT. You must meet the eligibility criteria as per the VET Fees and Charges Policy.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News

In preparation for students returning to college at our Bentley Campus, this is our official release of rules governing on-campus attendance.

Student attendance

Students are expected to attend classes unless otherwise agreed.  Students MUST NOT attend campus if they:
  • are currently unwell or are experiencing any of the following symptoms associated with COVD-19 including:-
    • Fever
    • Cough or sore throat
    • Flu or cold-like symptoms
    • Shortness of breath
  • have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

AVT Safety measures for on-campus training and assessment

Physical and social distancing measures in the classroom, clinical skills lab and common areas including the following protocols. Students:-
  • must avoid physical contact with each other and remain at least 1.5 metre distance from others;
  • must adhere to all signage onsite regarding physical and social distancing, including maximum capacity of the clinical skills lab and other common areas;
  • are encouraged to eat lunch at their desk or outside taking a chair with them to maintain social distancing;
  • are restricted from accessing the administration suite; 
  • must follow the permanent seating plan in place to avoid desk swapping
Daily cleaning and sanitising.  AVT is committed to:-
  • Rigorous cleaning and sanitising on a daily basis, especially of high touchpoints such as doors and door handles.
  • Providing hand soap, disposable hand towels and hand sanitiser.
Students will be required to:
  • clean individual desks and chairs at the beginning and end of each day.
  • use hand sanitiser before touching door handles.
  • refer to onsite information including posters on respiratory etiquette and hand washing techniques
  • assist in undertaking a daily cleaning routine for communal lunch/ break areas immediately after use

While the Coronavirus outbreak continues as an ongoing public health emergency, its incidence rate, here in Australia, is showing signs of slowing. This has seen the Western Australian Government announce a "soft term 2 opening for public schools". Full details of this announcement can be read here covid-19-coronavirus-advice-schools-and-education.

The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and with the continuation of the social distancing recommendations, veterinary nursing, full time on-campus students are not required to attend campus based lessons. Online delivery will continue, until further notified, and alternative arrangements are being made for practical sessions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our student support team is here for you as always. 


Our teaching and student support team are committed to the delivery of all on-campus and online courses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes presenting on-campus material via online live interactive lectures as well as offering additional teaching and student support where needed.

Over the past few days we have had numerous questions from students about work placements as well as other concerns. For more information, we encourage current and prospective students to access the frequently asked questions below. If our FAQ's do not answer your question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our student support team is here for you as always. 

Applied Vocational Training is taking the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously and is concerned for all members of our college community. We are monitoring the situation closely, following the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health and planning for a range of scenarios should the virus impact directly on our campus.

What can you do?

We encourage all our on-campus students to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene measures to protect against infections. We recommend students and staff wash their hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs, and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing and sneezing.

If you feel unwell and experience symptoms (including a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath):

  • Do not attend college or your work placement if you feel unwell. Contact the college and your workplace supervisor.
  • Isolate yourself from others immediately.
  • Phone (do not visit) a local general practioner (GP) or the closest hospital emergency department for instructions on what to do next.

What we are doing

The college will remain open at this time. Please note any decision to change the status of our campus will be made by AVT with the advice of the Health Department and other government authorities and communicated to all on-campus students.

To help limit the spread of coronavirus, the federal government requires that all people who arrive in Australia from overseas travel, from any country, must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must also isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact. Given the new measures that have been implemented we are focusing on providing isolated students remote access to our on-campus lectures.

What we need you to do to prepare

If you have been instructed to self-isolate, please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with information on how to join your on-campus lectures remotely.

How we will keep staff and students informed

We will continue to provide critical updates via direct email where possible – please ensure you read these updates. At this point in time, it’s important to remain aware but not alarmed. Please continue to follow the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health in regard to personal hygiene and safety.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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