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 ACM10117 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 ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

The ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming prepares you for work activities undertaken within an organisation that provides professional pet grooming services.

A pet grooming attendant undertakes salon reception and housekeeping duties as well as bathing, brushing, trimming and other basic grooming services for dogs. The duties require patience and a genuine empathy for animals, excellent customer service skills and a high degree of professionalism.

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The ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the recognised qualification to become a qualified animal attendant working within a companion animal organisation.

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 offer this course with 2 different delivery methods, these are:
Workplace Based:
Students must be employed in an animal care workplace for a minimum of 15 hours a week. (13 hours a week for school based trainees) Enrolments are open all year.

On Campus:
This program is designed for people wishing to enter the companion animal industry and is a blended delivery model with students learning through a combination of weekly classes at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, practical placement and facilitated online delivery.

Please speak with the Course Coordinator listed below to discuss the delivery method that is most suitable for you.

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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 ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling is the recognised qualification for people who provide pet stylist services. An experienced pet stylist must know the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern.

The course is designed for experienced groomers who are working in industry and looking to take their skills to the next level.

The 4 business units will also allow students to develop their business and customer service skills. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Read more about ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling


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