ACM20121 Certificate II & ACM30117 Certificate III In

Animal Care & Animal Studies

Qualification Overview

Our nationally recognised ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care is a pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point in the animal care and management industry. On completion, you can choose to start your career in the animal care industry or move on to a higher level qualification.

Course Outcomes

Many people aspire to work with animals and a Certificate II in Animal Care can lead to a wide variety of qualification and/or job pathways in the animal care industry including animal welfare carers, veterinary assistants and vet nurses, council and ranger services, wild life carers and animal fauna rehabilitation workers, conservation workers, pet service related business owners, home based pet services, sanctuary management, park rangers, wildlife rangers, pet grooming, animal trainers, cattery attendants, boarding kennel hands, pet day care centres, agistment facilities and retail businesses such as pet shops.

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care

Online

Animal Care Online

Our Online Course allows students up to 1 year to complete their course. It 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 the Veterinary Nursing qualification.

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Animal Care Online

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.
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On-Site Intensive

Animal Health & Welfare - WA Jobs & Skills funded*

Similar to the online course, however this option is delivered onsite over 14 weeks. Students enjoy a combination of on-site practical training at Perth's Cat Haven and Greyhounds as Pets facility, classroom activities at our Bentley campus, and home-based eLearning.

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Animal Health & Welfare

Perfect for students who are seeking an introduction to the animal care industry, including experience and knowledge in the area of shelter care, rehoming, and welfare.
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On-Site Intensive

Vet Nursing Pathway

This intensive 10 week program is 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.

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Vet Nursing Pathway

Students enjoy a combination of practical training and classroom activities at our simulated veterinary hospital in Clarkson.
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On-Site Intensive

Zoo and Wildlife Care

This is an intensive 14 week program delivered via blended learning where students attend a Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Perth. Here students focus on developing the hands-on skills across a range of species including native animals.

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Zoo and Wildlife Care

These skills will give graduates a head-start in commencing their career or volunteering with exhibited animals or those in wildlife care and rehabilitation.
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ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

Online

Animal Studies Online

Our Online Course allows students up to 1 year to complete their course. It 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.

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Animal Studies Online

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.
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On-Site

Animal Studies RSPCA WA

This 6 month Certificate in Animal Studies is based at the RSPCA WA. It provides an intensive option to obtain the qualification including participating in weekly workplace training on-site at the RSPCA in Malaga.

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Animal Studies RSPCA WA

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.
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Jobs & Skills WA Funded Positions Now Available
ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Health & Welfare)*

Our WA based, Animal Health & Welfare course is now eligible for applicants who qualify for the Jobs & Skills WA Participation Program, with fees starting from $668. See full details including eligibility guidelines here

Government Funding and subsidised Animal care course

Qualifications for high school leavers & graduates

Depending on your level of experience with animals, both the animal care/studies courses, ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care 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.

What students are saying

Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

We have been training Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing students for over 20 years. Plus, as an independent Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we create and deliver our own material so you get the latest and most up-to-date knowledge.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Successful Graduates

As well as a high graduation rate, 90% of our students are employed or enrolled in further study after training (NCVER, 2019). In fact, employers request our graduates because of the skills, knowledge and experience they gain during their studies.

Learn from Industry Professionals

Our teaching team consists of Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses and Animal Scientists who all continue to work in the animal care industry and have outstanding industry knowledge and experience.

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