ACM30117 Certificate III In

Animal Studies (RSPCA)

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Study your qualification at the RSPCA in Malaga WA

Our 6 month, nationally recognised ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies course is based entirely at the RSPCA shelter facility in Malaga, WA. This unique opportunity means your essential practical training, as well as your on-site tutorials, will take place at the RSPCA and you will not be required to find a work placement. Our fully qualified AVT trainers will supervise your practical training and deliver the classroom-based course material supplemented by online learning from home.

Course snapshot

Study at the RSPCA and get your AVT qualification
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Course outline

Blended learning including 1 day practical training and classroom activities at the RSPCA plus home-based online eLearning.

Your RSPCA course structure will be as follows:-

Weeks 1-2

  • Pre-course online theory and orientation/induction days – Your initial weeks of study will commence with full day orientation and induction days followed by theory based learning in the comfort of your home (approx 10-20 hours each week).

Weeks 3-22

  • Weekly training – Attendance one day per week for twenty weeks at the RSPCA’s facility in Malaga to receive intensive practical training by qualified AVT trainers. Training will be held from  7.30am-4.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
  • You will also be required to undertake home-based online eLearning to complete and submit assessments.

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

To commence the RSPCA-based Course, students must:

  • be at least 18 years of age, due to RSPCA policies and guidelines
  • be available to participate in ALL practical training days at the RSPCA (one day per week – fixed day to be determined by AVT prior to course commencement)
  • 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
  • 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 RSPCA based course you will be required to wear:

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

What will you learn?

During our RSPCA Animal Care 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 III in Animal Studies course, you will be introduced to:-

All of the skills and knowledge you will learn in this animal studies 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.

Animal Studies at the RSPCA students

Course outcomes

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

Job Outcomes

The Certificate III in Animal Studies will prepare you for a career in the following roles:

  • Animal Welfare Carers
  • Veterinary Assistants 
  • Council Rangers and Park Rangers 
  • Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Carers 
  • Conservation Workers and Sanctuary Managers
  • Pet Service related Business Owners
  • Home-based Pet Service Assistants
  • Pet Groomers
  • Animal Trainers
  • Cattery Attendants and Boarding Kennel Hands
  • Animal Carers in Pet/Doggy Day Care centres
  • Stable Hands in Agistment Facilities

Skills Outcomes

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

  • Assessing the nutritional requirements of animals and design suitable feeding plans
  • Implementing a range of animal care hygiene routines
  • Assessing and monitoring animal health and identify health problems in a chosen species
  • Identifying and interpreting species-specific normal and abnormal behaviours and their possible causes
  • Designing and implementing enrichment programs in line with species-specific behavioural needs
  • Safely and correctly handling and restraining animals
  • Administering animal care treatments

RSPCA based Animal Studies Course Content

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (RSPCA) students must complete the following core and compulsory elective units:

  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGEN203 Feed and Water animals
  • ACMGEN204 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGEN201 Work in the animal care industry

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (RSPCA) students will also be required to choose a species based elective from either:

  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs OR
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats.

Why choose the RSPCA based course for Animal 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

Total course fees: $5,495*

Payable via our monthly payment plan. Initial payment of $1,495 plus 5 x $800 monthly payments and includes:-

*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.

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Course Dates
Application Status
January 2022 Intake
Course runs 18th Jan-1st July 2022
July 2022 Intake
Course starts July 2022

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

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.

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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