Animal Care

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Online)

Build on your skills and knowledge for a successful career in animal care!

If you have some experience in animal care and are looking to deepen your knowledge and refine your skills, our ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (formerly ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies) is perfect for you. This online course allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.

Upon completion, you’ll be ready to kickstart your career in the animal care industry, enhance opportunities in your current job, or progress to a higher qualification. As a graduate, you’ll find increased job prospects in both voluntary and paid positions within the animal care sector. Your nationally recognised qualification will be highly valued, opening up new avenues for employment and professional advancement.

Nationally recognised animal care course in Australia NRT

Course snapshot

Study mode:

Duration: Up to 2 years

Application status: Enrol now

Start: Flexible start date to suit you

Practical training: At an Approved Workplace of your choice

Online study time: Approx. 2 days per week

Prerequisite: No prior qualifications are required

Best suited to: Students who have some knowledge or experience in the animal care industry, are looking to consolidate their skills with a course, are looking to take the next step in their animal care pathway and who have a genuine interest in the welfare and care of animals.

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Course outline

This course is delivered online and you will not be required to attend classes. You will:

  • Be provided with a login to our Online Learning Platform where you will find all of the course materials including interactive learning material, videos, and assessments.
  • Receive the personal support of our qualified Trainers and Assessors either via email, online chat or phone.  Our education team is made up of experienced and working veterinary nurses, veterinarians and animal scientists who have hands-on experience in a range of veterinary hospitals and animal related organisations and businesses, and
  • Have help and assistance from our student support team to help you stay on track.
  • Be assessed in various methods including:
    • Online multiple-choice quizzes
    • Online tests
    • Written and practical assignments submitted online
    • Oral testing via phone call
    • Online video assessments (e.g., Zoom)
    • Video and photographic submissions

To gain the valuable practical skills required to successfully complete this course, you will be required to complete workplace based training (a Work Placement).

  • You are responsible for finding and securing your work placement position. This means you have the flexibility to select a workplace that suits your location, availability and interests. If you do not wish to find your own placement, you can consider our RSPCA Program option. 
  • Already working in an animal care related business, or volunteering in an animal related organisation? It may be possible to use your place of employment for your workplace training. You will still need to submit your workplace details for review and approval.
  • Ideal work placement facilities include kennels, catteries, day care centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with access to animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres, zoos or veterinary practices. 

Just keep in mind you need to have access to dogs and cats to complete some of the practical assessments, therefore if you choose a wildlife or zoo related placement, or a workplace where you only have access to one species (either cat or dog), you will need an additional placement to complete your assessments.

For more information, see our Work Placement FAQ’s below or visit Practical Work Placements in Animal Care.

To complete the course you will:

  • Have a reliable internet connection and access to a desktop computer, laptop or electronic device. You will be required to write, submit and in some cases upload assessments and various types of multi-media files online, therefore we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for your studies
  • Be proficient in speaking and writing in English
  • Be physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed e.g. large bags of food of up to 10kg and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Need to be at least Year 10 high school age
  • To find a suitable workplace for your practical training where your supervisor can also read and write English.

You do not need to complete the Certificate II in Animal Care to commence this course, however, we do recommend commencing your study pathway with the Certificate II in Animal Care.  Read our FAQ for more information.

International students, please note that we are not registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Please visit the CRICOS website to view education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas. We are unable to offer this course to students currently living overseas or those on a student visa. For more information visit our frequently asked questions below:

When you visit your Work Placement you will be required to wear:

  • An AVT shirt and name badge (supplied by AVT),
  • Suitable enclosed shoes (supplied by student),
  • Neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).

You will be required to wear the AVT uniform unless specified by your approved workplace. 

What will you learn?

You will complete 17 units of study covering a broad range of topics relating to the principles of working in the animal care industry.  You will become competent in:

  • Carrying out daily health care requirements of animals
  • Understanding animal health management practices and how to monitor animal health
  • Assessing the nutritional requirements of animals and design suitable feeding plans
  • Safely and correctly handling and restraining animals in a variety of situations
  • Identify different animal behaviours and how to handle and interact safely with different species
  • Providing behavioural management and designing enrichment programs for different animal species
  • Implementing animal care hygiene and infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces
  • How to perform basic health checks and an understanding of different animal diseases
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Providing animal first aid
  • How to manage your own personal wellbeing working in the animal care industry
  • How to effectively communicate with clients
  • How to work sustainably
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All of the skills and knowledge you will learn can be applied across a broad range of animal care facilities. For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers.

Course outcomes

AVT graduates are successful in starting their careers in a variety of roles in the animal care industry. 

Job outcomes

Once completing ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services you can go into roles such as:

  • Welfare shelter attendant
  • Pet sitting business owner
  • Kennel or Cattery animal attendant
  • Pet shop worker
  • Veterinary receptionist or Veterinary care assistant
  • Animal Health Officer 

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for career opportunities in a broad range of animal care organisations such as:

  • Animal shelters and welfare organisations
  • Animal rehabilitation and rehoming centres
  • Pet boarding facilities such as kennels and catteries
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Pet shops and retail businesses
  • Stables and agistments
  • Self-employment such as pet sitting services and dog walking

Course content

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services eLearning students must complete core and compulsory units:

  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMGEN303 Assess the welfare status of an animal
  • ACMGEN304 Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
  • ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid
  • ACMGEN315 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE316 Provide general care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE317 Provide general care of domestic cats
  • ACMGEN308 Walk and exercise dogs
  • ACMGEN310 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • BSBOPS304 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • ACMBEH302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGEN311 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGEN312 Provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMGEN205 Source and provide information for animal care needs
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable practices

Why choose our Online Animal Care Services course?

  • Complete flexibility – you can start and study whenever you like to suit your lifestyle and commitments.
  • Professionally managed and delivered course – complete with online instructional videos and materials to help you understand and apply theory with ease.
  • Affordable, all inclusive monthly payment plan to help you manage your student fees.
  • This course will allow you to meet the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing – you can gain your qualification in under 24 months and then apply for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to become a qualified veterinary nurse*.
  • This certificate increases your opportunities for employment in the animal care industry and gives recognition towards entry into further studies.

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

Nationally recognised animal care course in Australia NRT

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Fees & inclusions

Course fees: $3,795*

Payable via our monthly payment plan. Initial payment of $330 plus 11 x $315 monthly payments and includes:

  • Dedicated Student Support  
  • Membership in our Private Facebook Group 
  • All Course Content
  • Assessments and Certification
  • Support from AVT Trainers including online chat and forums
  • Practical Training Insurance**
  • Work Placement Kit: Uniform, Name Badge and Workbook

*Fees, inclusions and payment plan amounts are subject to change. If you decide to withdraw from study for any reason, refunds are not issued. Please see our policies page for full details. Concession rates are not available for this course
** Workplace Practical Insurance Cover only applies to students undertaking practical training whilst in Australia

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ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services - Online

Ready to enrol? It’s easy, just complete our online application form.  Once we have received and reviewed your submission you will receive an email outlining the next steps to get started. 


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.

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Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been delivering Vet Nursing and Animal Care related courses for over 25 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Outstanding Track Record

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 93% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT.

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're approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.