Animal Sciences

Do you have a passion for animal care and a desire to know more? From learning the basics to building a business in pet grooming or becoming a Veterinary Nurse, GOTAFE has the course to suit you.

Study online and access course materials when it suits you. Or study while you’re at school through our VETiS Program.

We’re here to support you. Your expert Trainers are available via phone, email or in person to ensure your learning journey is an engaging experience.  Trainers also visit your workplace throughout the semester.

And it doesn’t stop there. We include you in a private Facebook Group where you can ask questions share your experiences, challenges, successes and ideas. Learn from your fellow students. We’ve found that this community of learners can lead to greater confidence and commitment to work and study.


This qualification is part of both the Victorian VETiS program and the Tasmanian Secondary Schools Animal Studies Pathway Program and is an excellent head start to fulfilling careers in animal care industries. Applicants will learn general animal care and work skills as an entry into a variety of animal care careers.
This is a nationally recognised qualification and successful completion may give Tasmanian applicants 20 TCE points.

Read more about ACM10110 Certificate I in Animal Studies

This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point into the animal care and management industry.
This course gives you the skills and knowledge to not only handle and care for animals, but to provide accurate advice to their owners.
The course is suitable for both workplace delivery and for those looking to enter the industry via work placement.
School based applicants may enter the qualification through a VETiS program or School based apprenticeship/traineeship.
You will learn through a combination of facilitated online delivery and on campus classes delivered at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, Wangaratta and the GOTAFE Werribee Campus.
Workplace based students will also have their trainer meet them in the workplace four (4) times each year to conduct observational assessment and training.

Read more about ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies

ACM40412 CIV in Veterinary Nursing is the recognised industry qualification for Australian Veterinary Nurses.
This is a work place based course which provides students with comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing ensuring GOTAFE trained veterinary nurses are valued members of the multi-disciplinary veterinary team.
You will be given the training required to provide gold standard professional care to patients, clients and fellow team members.
Our integrated learning design coupled with individual tutorial support allows you to progress through the course in a logical and non-repetitious manner.
This is a workplace based course and applicants must be employed in a veterinary clinic or hospital for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Read more about ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the industry recognised qualification for people working within a companion animal organisation.
GOTAFE deliver this qualification to students who currently work in the industry (workplace based) Students who are looking to enter the industry via work placement (campus based) and School based apprentice/trainees (SBAT)
The course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of companion animal care to ensure graduates are able to provide high levels of professional care to companion animals as well as being an effective member of the animal care team.
GOTAFE offers a dedicated to companion animal stream as well as a veterinary nursing stream which allows veterinary clinics to give junior staff a well rounded animal qualification prior to undertaking ACM40412 CIV in Veterinary Nursing.
For workplace based students the following applies:
Applicants must be employed in an animal care workplace for a minimum of 15 hours a week (13 hours for SBAT’s) and have the physical stamina to handle a variety of animals.
For campus based students the following applies:
Applicants must be able to attend all on campus classes, complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement within an animal care workplace and have the physical stamina to handle a variety of animals.
It is highly recommended that all applicants have a current tetanus immunization.

Read more about ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Whether you are working in the industry or looking for a career change this fully supported program will give you the skills required to become a qualified pet groomer.
Students learn via facilitated online delivery and full day practical grooming classes at the GOTAFE grooming salon located in Werribee. Class sizes are kept to 8 students to ensure each student enjoys one on one training with our grooming trainer.
The course also provides students with skills other than grooming, including workplace health & safety, infection control, animal health, first aid, products and services and great cutomer service.
The online course structure allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. A collegial supportive network of peers develops at the on campus classes and through online forum discussions and closed-group social media, leading to life-long friendships with fellow students.
GOTAFE graduates are highly sought after within industry.

Read more about ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming

This course is designed for experienced groomers who are looking to take their skills to the next level. The course will give students the skills and knowledge to apply industry standard styling for different dog breeds as well as develop excellent customer service skills and enhanced business management skills.

Read more about ACM40612 Certificate IV in Pet Styling


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