AVT’s nationally recognised 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 Studies graduates have increased opportunities for employment in the animal care industry in both voluntary and paid positions on course completion. Your certificate will be highly regarded within the animal care industry and will increase your employment opportunities.
This course is delivered online and you will not be required to attend classes or lectures. You will:-
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 Studies
This animal care qualification is a natural progression after the successful completion of ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies. Direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies is available in some circumstances however, we recommend beginning your study pathway at the Certificate II level.
To complete the course you will:-
You do not need to complete the Certificate II in Animal Studies to commence this course, however, we do recommend commencing your study pathway with the Certificate II in Animal Studies. 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:
You will be required to wear the AVT uniform unless specified by your approved workplace.
You will complete 12 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:-
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.
Our graduates go on to a wide range of roles across the animal care industry.
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies Online eLearning students must complete core and compulsory units:
Students must also select one species-specific elective unit from this list below which will correspond with a species they are working with as part of their work placement. Students who elect to study the Horse Behaviour and Care elective are required to study an additional pre-requisite unit (additional fees apply).
*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.
For more information about RPL see our frequently asked questions here.
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!
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a prerequisite for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Completing our Animal Studies 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.