ACM30122 Certificate III in

Animal Care Services (Online)

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

AVT’s ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (formerly ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies) is perfect for students who have some experience in animal care and wish to further their knowledge and refine their skills.  On completion, you can start a career in the animal care industry, improve opportunities at your current place of employment or move on to a higher level qualification.

Animal Care graduates have increased opportunities for employment in the animal care industry in both voluntary and paid positions on course completion. Your nationally accredited certificate will be highly regarded within the animal care industry and will increase your employment opportunities.

Course snapshot

  • Duration: Up to 2 years
  • Applications Open: Now
  • Special Offer: 17 units of study for the price of 12 
  • 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: none 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 or lectures. 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 & 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.

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 ultimately 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 (WA) based option. 

If you are 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, doggy day care centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with access to animals), wildlife rehabilitation centres or zoos. Keep in mind, you will need to have access to at least two species of animals.  For more information see our Work Placement FAQ’s below or visit Practical Work Placements in Animal Care and Studies

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 10 kg 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.

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 disease
  • 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

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.

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Course outcomes

Our Certificate in Animal Care graduates go on to a wide range of roles across 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
  • Dog grooming assistant
  • 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 orgnisations
  • Animal rehabilitation and rehoming centres
  • Pet boarding facilities such as kennels and catteries
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Pet shops and retail businesses
  • Stables and agistments
  • Pet groomers

Course content (ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services)

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 eLearning course for your Animal Care Studies?

  • 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 12 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: 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.

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Fees & inclusions

Introductory Offer: $3,795*

Take advantage of our new course special offer at $3,795. This is the same investment as the superseded course, ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, however you will complete an additional 5 units of study.

This is a limited time offer and is 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
  • One-on-one mentoring by AVT Trainers including online chat and forums
  • Practical Training Insurance**
  • Work Placement Kit: Uniform, Name Badge, Workbook and Goodies

*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

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.

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

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services meets the prerequisite for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Completing our Animal Care courses 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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