Study your qualification at the RSPCA in Malaga WA

RSPCA Animal Studies training course
Our nationally recognised ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is now available as a six month on-campus course, 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 facility and you will not be required to find a work placement. Our fully qualified AVT lecturers will supervise your practical training and deliver the classroom-based course material supplemented by online learning via our eLearning centre.

During the 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 course, our 6-month intensive program introduces you to:-

  • behaviour and enrichment for different animal species,
  • detailed nutrition plans, including their use in the recovery of¬† strays and mistreated animals,
  • caring for animals, including rehabilitation and care of rescued animals,
  • foster care and its role in the animal welfare system,
  • the RSPCA inspectorate and their role in managing animal care cases in the community.
Your course structure will be as follows:-
  • Weeks 1-2 Pre-course online theory and orientation day - Your initial weeks of study will commence with a full day orientation and induction at the AVT Bentley campus followed by theory based learning in the comfort of your home (approx 10-20 hours each week).
  • Weeks 3-22 RSPCA training days and online eLearning - Attendance one day per week for twenty weeks at the RSPCA's facility in Malaga to receive the intensive practical training by qualified AVT trainers. Training days will commence at 7.30am-4.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday (please note we endeavour to meet your preference of days but this can not be guaranteed). Students are expected to participate in ALL practical training days, as well as 20-25 hours/week of home based study dedicated to theory and preparation and submission of assessments.
Students must:
  • be at least 18 years of age, due to RSPCA policies and guidelines
  • be available to participate in ALL work placement days and class 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 and individual attitude and aptitude. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

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.
You will become familiar with the fundamental principles of working in the animal care industry, animal health and well-being, environmental sustainability, enrichment for animals and much much more. For a full list of units, please visit this page. To meet the requirements of this qualification, you will need to choose a species based elective from either:-
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic¬†dogs OR
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic¬†cats.
Certificate III in Animal Studies
RSPCA based course
6 months
Blended learning, 1 day onsite
Learning guides
Dedicated student support
One-on-one mentoring at the RSPCA by AVT lecturers
Assessments and Certification
Workplace practical insurance cover
AVT practical kit including uniform, name badge and workbook
Total course fees
Payable via our monthly payment planInitial payment of $1,495 plus
5 x $800 monthly payments
*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.
You will be required to wear:-
  • an AVT shirt (supplied by AVT)
  • steel capped shoes (supplied by student),
  • neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).
"Presentation is key to success"
Many people aspire to work with animals and a Certificate III in Animal Studies can lead to a wide variety of qualification and/or job pathways in the animal care industry including animal welfare carers, veterinary assistants and vet nurses, council and ranger services, wild life carers and animal fauna rehabilitation workers, conservation workers, pet service related business owners, home based pet services, sanctuary management, park rangers, wildlife rangers, pet grooming, animal trainers, cattery attendants, boarding kennel hands, pet day care centres, agistment facilities and retail businesses such as pet shops.

Click here to visit our general Certificate III information page and learn more about career opportunities.

Why choose the RSPCA based course?

  • Intensive course ‚Äď allowing you to gain your qualification within 6 months at a purpose-built, fully equipped facility with experienced, trained AVT and RSPCA supervisors
  • No stress! - you do not have to find a work placement for the course. Your entire practical training is completed at the RSPCA shelter facility in Malaga
  • Potential future employment opportunities¬†at the RSPCA for select students on completion of the course
  • You will be working with various¬†animals and have an opportunity to learn about their unique behavioural¬†challenges and care needs. This type of exposure is not only interesting but will give you an advantage over other students.
  • This certificate increases your opportunities for employment in the animal care industry. It allows entry into further studies at a Certificate IV level (e.g. Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing).

Animal Care course in Australia

Looking for full details about the Certificate III in Animal Studies qualification, please visit our Certificate III in Animal Studies Home Page

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This course has limited places with high demand. We reserve the right to close course intakes before the advertised close date.
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Intake Month
Applications Open
Course Dates
January 2022
January 2022 - July 2022

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Alison M April 2019

Having had no animal learning before, I find this course brilliant with clear concise notes, knowledgeable lecturers and RSPCA staff, and especially having the day at the RSPCA is extremely beneficial. Hands on learning and getting interaction with animals is a great help in learning handling behaviours.

Abby G April 2019

This course has taught me the basic care of animals and about animal health in general. This course allows people to get hands on experience and lecturers to provide practical care to animals. Thus; others with an interest in animals will gain and have a positive outcome to the course, alike to me.

Megan B April 2019

Everyone is super helpful if you need anything explained. Skye conducts classes in a relaxed and friendly environment so I feel comfortable joining in, and she is always willing to explain anything until everything is clarified.

*Please note: Completion of this qualification does not guarantee you a place in ACM40418 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Please read our Course Entry page for more information.