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.
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:-
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:
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 orientation/induction and practical placement days and therefore full course fees will apply.
For our RSPCA based course you will be required to wear:
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.
Our graduates go on to a wide range of roles across the animal care industry.
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (RSPCA) students must complete the following core and compulsory elective units:
ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (RSPCA) students will also be required to choose a species based elective from either:
*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.