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Certificate III in Animal Studies

Course Code ACM30110
Duration 490 hours (nominal) , 12 Months Part time
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Looking for a pathway into Veterinary Nursing training?

Want to change your career and work with animals?

Learn online and hands-on working with and caring for animals to prepare you for a career as an animal attendant in veterinary clinics, pet boarding, animal welfare and fauna shelters, pet retail, grooming and other animal care businesses.

Entry Requirements
Completion of secondary school or mature-age; applicants must be willing and able to undertake Practical Work-placement. Applications open year round for course intakes in February and July (subject to demand).

This course can lead to further study in Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Services courses, dependent upon appropriate employment.

Additional Information
You will learn through a combination of on-line learning, 80 hours practical placement (work placement), and attendance of two x 2-day practical skills workshops. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers are available to experienced applicants or those who have undertaken prior studies in similar subject areas.

Assessment is through a combination of written assignments, on-line tasks and exams and practical placement tasks and reports.

Skills Recognition
Skills Recognition is the process of gaining formal recognition for skills and knowledge that have been obtained through work history, previous study and life experience. Skills Recognition is an assessment-only process - there is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process. Skills Recognition is made up of one or more of the following processes including credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

To find out more about Skills Recognition call 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233)

The standard hourly fee for this course in a Government subsidised place is $3.00.
A funded student can expect to pay no more than $1,470.00 in tuition fees to complete this course.
Additional fees for student services, amenities, goods and materials may apply. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For further information please contact GOTAFE or see our fees and charges page.


Tone Rd, Wangaratta


To enquire about this course call 1300GOTAFE or click here.

Units of Study

Core Units - ACM30110 (7 required)
  ACMGAS203A   Complete animal care hygiene routines
  ACMINF301A   Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  ACMOHS301A   Contribute to OHS processes
  ACMGAS301A   Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  ACMSUS201A   Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  ACMGAS202A   Participate in workplace communications
  ACMGAS303A   Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
Elective Units - ACM30110 (5 required)
  ACMGAS205A   Assist in the health care of animals
  ACMSPE302A   Provide basic care of birds
  ACMSPE303A   Provide basic care of common native mammals
  ACMSPE304A   Provide basic care of dogs
  ACMSPE305A   Provide basic care of domestic cats
  ACMSPE311A   Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  ACMSPE312A   Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  ACMGAS206A   Provide basic first aid for animals
  ACMGAS201A   Work in the animal care industry

It may be necessary to cancel or postpone courses due to insufficient enrolments or funding changes.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.