ACM20121 Certificate II In

Animal Care Intensive (Health & Welfare)

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Kick-start your Career - Perth's only Nationally Recognised Animal Welfare Course

Have you ever dreamed of working with animals? Are you looking for an introduction to the animal care and welfare industry? Are you a volunteer and want to offer more help and assistance to an animal welfare or rescue centre, animal adoption, cattery or kennel facility? AVT’s ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Health and Welfare Course), previously ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, is a great place to get started if you are looking to enter the industry or meet the prerequisite for our Veterinary Nursing qualification. 

This intensive 14-week course includes weekly training at the Cat Haven in Shenton Park and at the Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) kennel facility in Southern River. It is one of the quickest ways to gain a Nationally Recognised Animal Care Qualification and obtain valuable experience in a local animal shelter and kennel facilities.

Course snapshot

Animal Care and Welfare Course - Cat Haven Perth
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Course outline

Blended learning, 1 day practical training, 1 day classroom activities plus online eLearning.

Your Animal Health and Welfare course structure will be as follows:-

  • A full day induction at AVT’s Campus in Bentley at the commencement of the course,
  • one day per week at the Cat Haven located in Shenton Park, WA or at Greyhounds as Pets located in Southern River, WA. You will spend time at each of the facilities during the course plus,
  • one day per week at AVT’s Campus to receive intensive small group practical training and undertake assessments, and
  • you will also be required to undertake home-based online eLearning to complete and submit assessments.

We will endeavour to meet your preference for practical training / on-site training days but this can not be guaranteed and students are expected to participate in ALL practical training days.

To commence the Animal Health and Welfare Course, students must:

  • be available to participate in ALL training days (1.5 days per week)
  • be physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed e.g. large bags of food of up to 10 kg and standing for extended periods of time
  • have a reliable internet connection and access to a desktop computer or laptop. You will be required to write, submit and in some cases upload assessments and various types of multi-media files online in your own time, therefore we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for your studies
  • be proficient in speaking and writing in English
  • must be at least 18 years of age
  • due to the required workload and level of study, have a minimum level of schooling up to and including year 10, with a good understanding of science and maths.

This course is highly competitive and has limited places. Therefore, successful students are selected based on prior work experience, education, individual attitude and aptitude. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an AVT team member.

Credit transfers

Students with eligible credit transfers may apply, however due to the course delivery format, 100% attendance is required for orientation/induction and practical placement days and therefore full course fees will apply.

For our Animal Health and Welfare Course you will be required to wear:

  • an AVT shirt (supplied by AVT)
  • steel capped shoes (supplied by student),
  • neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).

“Presentation is key to success”

What will you learn?

During our Animal Care and Welfare course, you will become familiar with the fundamental principles of working in the animal care industry. In addition to the topics covered in the Certificate II in Animal Care course, you will be introduced to:-

All of the skills and knowledge you will learn in this animal care and welfare course can be applied in an animal adoption, shelter or rescue based organisation or across a broad range of animal care facilities in commercial organisations. For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers.

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Course outcomes

Our graduates go on to a wide range of roles across the animal care industry. 

Job Outcomes

Students who have completed the Certificate II in Animal Care go on to careers as a:

  • Animal care attendant
  • Welfare shelter attendant
  • Kennel hand
  • Cattery attendant
  • Pet shop attendant
  • Assistant dog groomer
  • Stable hand
  • Vet assistant

Skills Outcomes

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

  • Follow and implement animal feeding plans
  • Carry out animal care hygiene routines
  • Assist with the assessing the health of animals
  • Administer basic animal first aid techniques
  • Safety and correctly handle and restrain animals
  • Identify and interpret animal behaviour
    Accurately complete animal care records

Animal Care and Welfare Course Content

All students must complete the following core units:

  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health & safety processes
  • ACMGEN202 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
  • ACMGEN203 Feed & water animals
  • ACMGEN204 Assist in healthcare of animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGEN201 Work in the animal care industry

Certificate II Intensive (Animal Health & Welfare) Students will also be required to study:

  • ACMINF201 Handle companion animals safely and follow infection control guidelines
  • ACMSPE322 Provide general care of rodents or rabbits
  • ACMGEN205 Source and provide information for animal care needs
  • ACMGEN102 Approach and handle a range of calm animals
  • ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid

Why choose an intensive pathway for your Animal Care course?

*Please note: Completion of this qualification meets the prerequisite for ACM40418 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. However, it does not guarantee you a place on one of our own courses. Due to high demand, our AVT selection criteria also apply. Please read full details on our Veterinary Nursing Course Entry page.

Nationally recognised animal care course in Australia NRT

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Fees & inclusions

Total course fees start from $668.20*

Our fee range depends on your eligibility for a Jobs & Skills WA based funded position and your concession status (see full details here). All fees are payable via our monthly payment plan. Our fees include:-

*Fees, inclusions and payment plan amounts are subject to change. If you decide to withdraw from study for any reason, refunds are not issued unless you are a Jobs & Skills WA funded student. Please see our policies page for full details.

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Course Dates
Application Status
February 2022 Intake
Course commences Feb 2022
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This course has limited places with high demand. We reserve the right to close course intakes before the advertised close date. We recommend submitting your application below, as early as possible. For full details of the application process please visit this link.


To receive a credit for a unit of competency that you have previously been awarded, you must be able to supply a verifiable Testamur (certificate) or Statement of Attainment obtained from the issuing provider.

A Testamur or Statement of Attainment must either contain the wording ‘The qualification is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework’ or the AQF logo authorised by the AQF Council.

A Record of Results or Statement of Academic Record by itself is not sufficient when applying for a credit transfer of a nationally recognised unit of competency.

If you do not have a copy of your Testamur or Statement of Attainment you are responsible for requesting a copy from the issuing provider, we are unable to do this on your behalf.

For more information about RPL see our frequently asked questions here.

Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been training Animal Care and Vet Nursing students for over 20 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Prerequisite for Vet Nursing

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care meets the prerequisite for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Completing our Animal Care course is the best pathway to becoming a Qualified Vet Nurse.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They are approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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