Qualifications in Animal Studies, Horse Care and Veterinary Nursing

AVT offers a range of qualifications relating to the areas of animal care including veterinary nursing, horse / equine care animal studies. Whether you are just starting out or looking to expand your knowledge in these areas our qualifications are well recognised and trusted by employers. Your qualification will be nationally recognised in Australia and also provides a pathway for a higher-level education. Thousands of students from Australia and around the world have chosen AVT as their animal care training provider. Here's just some of the reasons why:

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  • Pre-organised work placements*
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Qualifications in Vet Nursing and Animal Studies Getting Started

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Online)

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an ideal starting point for those with very little or no prior knowledge or experience in the animal care industry.  It is also the minimum pre-requisite for our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Our online course provides the most flexibility for students who are not based in Perth or who wish to combine their studies with work or other commitments.

As an online student, you will be required to undertake a work placement in an approved animal care facility of your choice. This will help you gain the necessary practical skills required to successfully complete this course. It will also 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, veterinarians,  doggy daycare centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres or zoos.

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies Intensive (Rescue and Welfare)

A similar qualification to the one above, however, this option is delivered via blended learning. Students enjoy a combination of on-site practical training at Perth's Cat Haven, classroom activities instructed by qualified and experienced AVT educators at our Bentley campus and home-based eLearning.

This option is perfect for students who are seeking an introduction to the animal care industry, including experience and knowledge in the area of shelter, rescue and welfare care. Lessons are focused on developing critical skills for improving the livelihood of animals in care as well as improving their chances of rehoming.  All knowledge developed during this course can be applied across the animal care industry.

This course also meets the prerequisite to study ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing although the AVT normal selection does apply for the Cert IV in Vet Nursing - see more for those students wishing to study further with us.

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies Intensive (Veterinary Nursing Pathway)

This is an intensive 10 week program delivered via blended learning where students focus on developing skills and knowledge to prepare them for our Certificate in Veterinary Nursing or to work as an Animal Attendant in a veterinary hospital. Students enjoy a combination of practical training and classroom activities at our simulated veterinary hospital in Clarkson. Our qualified educators supervise all activities and students are also required to complete home-based eLearning.

This is the most optimal option for anyone wishing to become a qualified veterinary nurse and study ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as it meets the minimum requirement for entry (although the AVT normal selection does apply for the Cert IV in Vet Nursing - see more).

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

The Certificate III in Animal Studies is ideal for those who may have already gained some experience in the industry and are looking to consolidate their skills and knowledge with a nationally accredited qualification. This course also offers the next step in a pathway to those who have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies as well as a suitable pre-requisite for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

To gain the valuable practical skills required to successfully complete this course, you will be required to undertake a work placement in an approved animal care facility of your choice. 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, veterinary clinics, doggy daycare centres, stables or agistment centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres or zoos.

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies at the RSPCA WA

The Certificate III in Animal Studies based at the RSPCA WA provides a fast-track option to obtain an animal studies qualification including participating in workplace training on-site at the RSPCA in Malaga.  This course is ideal if you do not want the hassle of organising your own work placement if you want to learn face-to-face from our qualified lecturing and teaching team and share the amazing experience of working in a shelter environment.

As a blended learning course, you will complete your qualification in under 6 months, combining a mix of practical training, classroom learning, and online learning from home. On successful completion, this certificate also offers a pathway to those who would like to apply for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care

If you are looking to pursue a career in the equine industry, or seeking more experience and knowledge about caring for horses, the Certificate II in Horse Care is the perfect course for you. It consists of easy to understand theory delivered online plus a practical component where you will practice and demonstrate your skills with horses.

You will learn about all aspects of day-to-day equine care including behaviour, handling, husbandry, fitting gear and equipment correctly, nutrition, first aid, lunging, assessing conformation as well as preparing a horse for competition. All of which will give you the confidence to commence a career working with animals and gain the necessary skills to care for and work safely around horses.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is aimed at those who want a career as a veterinary nurse or those already working in veterinary care positions. The role of a veterinary nurse is diverse, exciting, rewarding and one in which you will never stop learning. This certificate will introduce you to a range of skills and knowledge across several species of animals.

You can choose to complete ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via on-campus or online eLearning study modes. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to start your career as a veterinary nurse. We combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge with intensive practical training in veterinary practice.  This qualification is nationally recognised and is required in Australia to work as a qualified and registered Veterinary Nurse.

Qualifications for high school leavers and graduates

Both the animal studies courses, ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies and ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies as well as ACM20217 Certificate II in Horsecare are great places for students to start who have completed high school.  To learn more about the options we recommend visiting our High School Graduates page.

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