Yes, then this is a great place to start! This introductory course provides students with exposure to exhibited animals including Australian wildlife and other species in a Zoo and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation setting.
Throughout this 14-week course, you will have weekly hands-on practical training alongside a small group (max. 12) of other students. AVT’s own highly experienced trainers will instruct and supervise your training and you will also be required to complete home-based online learning throughout the week.
On successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification, ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care. This qualification will allow you to start your career in an entry-level position in the animal or wildlife care industry or meet the prerequisite for the national qualification in veterinary nursing.
Blended learning, 1 day practical training plus home-based online eLearning.
Your Zoo and Wildlife Care course structure will be as follows:-
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 Care and Welfare Course, students must:
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.
Students with eligible credit transfers may apply, however due to the course delivery format, 100% attendance is required for practical placement days and therefore full course fees will apply.
For our Zoo & Wildlife Care Course you will be required to wear:
You will become familiar with working in the animal care industry with a specific focus on the zoo and conservation industry. Most importantly you will learn the fundamental principles of working and volunteering in a Zoo and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation facility. Including:
All of the skills and knowledge you will learn in this zoo and wildlife care course can be applied in zoo or wildlife care and rehabilitation centre or across a range of animal care facilities. For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers.
Many people aspire to work with animals and a Certificate II in Animal Care can lead to a wide variety of further study opportunities and/or job pathways in the animal care industry. Although this course has a zoo and wildlife care focus, the qualification will also prepare you for an introduction to a range of vocations such as:-
All students must complete the following core units:
Certificate II Intensive (Zoo & Wildlife Care) Students will also be required to study:
*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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.