Studying with AVT

Information for Schools and Parents

Studying Animal Care for High School Aged Students

If you’re a high school VET Coordinator, parent or guardian, and need more information about a high school aged student studying with AVT, this is the place to start.

The following nationally recognised qualification is offered in two formats, and has been specifically designed to suit VETDSS students.

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care – VETDSS On-site Course

  • This course is delivered at Landsdale Farm
  • 1 day per week for 1 semester
  • Students will not be required to find a work placement for additional training/experience
  • Jobs and Skills WA VETDSS funding available. Please see eligibility and criteria fact sheet for more information
  • For the Semester 1 2025 intake, students must be able to attend a course commencement day on either Thursday 5 or Friday 6 December 2024. See key dates for more information

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care – VETDSS Online Course

  • This course is delivered online
  • Students have up to 1 year to complete
  • Students will organise their own work placement position
  • There is currently no funding or concession available for the online course

Helpful Links

Download Flyer

Download our Information for Secondary Student VET Coordinators flyer.

VETDSS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Download a sample MOU which covers info on how we deliver to secondary students.

Request our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Submit your school info to
receive our MOU Agreement.

Duty of Care

Download our Duty of Care statement
for dealing with minors.

Funded Courses

Learn about our Jobs and Skills WA
funded courses.

Registration Details

View our Registered Training
Organisation (RTO details)

General Overview

Read about our options for high
school aged students and leavers.

Get in touch

Our Student Support and Liasion Officers are here to help.

Animal Care Qualification

Our program is specifically designed for VETDSS students.

General Overview

Read about our options for high
school aged students and leavers.

Get in touch

Our Student Support and Liasion Officers are here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking about offering work placements?

Depending on the qualification studied by the individual, our students are equipped with anything from basic to advanced knowledge in their chosen area.

Before commencing a work placement, students have read detailed information on expected workplace conduct. 

If you are considering a Veterinary Nursing student at your workplace, they have already met a prerequisite which is a minimum of a Certificate II in Animal Care or equivalent skills and knowledge.  This means they have recent animal handling skills and introductory knowledge about animal care.

Depending on the qualification studied, our students are asked to gain experience (or knowledge) in various activities whilst at their workplace. 

These activities or tasks are detailed in their Practical Skills Workbook. You will be asked to sign off on the Workbook Checklists during the student’s practical training.

If you would like an example of the types of tasks required, please feel free to request one of our Supervisor Guides for more information. 

We love it when a student is given an opportunity to gain vital communication skills whilst interacting with clients during their practical training.  Although, we understand this isn’t always an option for some workplaces.

If tasks involve working with clients, and you do not wish a student to be in direct contact with a client, that’s completely fine. You can also use role playing to complete a task.  

We encourage our students to ‘drive’ their own training. This means they present their workbooks to their supervisor at every appropriate opportunity to review and mentor their required practical skills.

We encourage you to treat an AVT student like a newly employed trainee vet nurse – the more time you invest in the student in the beginning, the easier it will be to make them a very useful individual in a short space of time and make them a valuable and useful “extra pair of hands” to have in your workplace.

We have an amazing pool of talented individuals who have successfully graduated with us.

If you are an employer, we would be more than happy to share your vacancy with our students via our private Facebook groups and guide you with suggestions.

Similarly, if you are seeking to offer a work placement, we can assist you.  Simply get in touch with us!

Already have an AVT student?

Our Student and Industry Liaison Officer is experienced in working with students and workplaces to ensure everyone has a positive training experience. 

If you need assistance, you can either phone and ask to speak to our Student and Industry Liaison Officer, Nadia Maskill during business hours or drop us a line!

Yes, you can employ a student. Being employed
during work placement is the biggest compliment
our students can receive. We have many students
who have taken on paid roles whilst successfully
continuing their studies. You also have the option to
employ a student once their studies are complete.

We encourage our supporting workplaces to treat our students as a member of the team, not only from a training and mentoring perspective but but also if any issues arise.

If you are experiencing problems with an AVT student, we ask that you approach the student and explain the issues and consequences where appropriate. Issues should then be relayed to our Student and Industry Liaison Officer.

We endeavour to support our students throughout their course but we also want to provide as much support as we can to our partnering workplaces and work together towards a positive outcome.

What schools say about working with AVT

KatherineVET Coordinator - Lumen Chrsti College
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Your support and professionalism in handling different requests made working in the VET sector so much manageable. It is such a pleasure networking with a truly amazing group of people.

Our Industry Support Officer

We're here to assist you

Meet Nadia

Student and Industry Liaison Officer

Nadia has loved every minute of her vet nursing career and is passionate about every aspect of it. She is more than willing to support the nurses of tomorrow in any way she can.

Nadia is our work placement guru! Nadia’s super efficient and our students love her because she’s so approachable. Nadia spends her days planning and organising placement positions with our supporting veterinary practices and organisations.

If you have an existing AVT student and want to touch base with us or discuss their progress, get in touch with Nadia. 

Meet Chloe

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Industry Liaison Officer

Chloe brings a fresh perspective and can-do approach to everything she does. She is an AVT graduate and has worked as a Veterinary Nurse with experience in small animal, medical and emergency nursing. She has since worked in development roles, assisting with the integration, training and streamlining of people and processes. 

Chloe plays a vital role in supporting our existing network of work placements as well developing new opportunities for our students. 

If you are interested in offering a work placement to a student, get in touch with Chloe. 

Get in touch!

Whether you’re thinking about offering a student work placement, would like to find an AVT graduate for a position at your workplace or would like more information how we work with businesses and organisations like yours, simply fill in the contact below and we will contact you. Alternatively you can contact us by phone during business hours. 

AVT is 100% dedicated to providing nationally recognised
qualifications in all aspects of Animal Care.