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.


Have you always loved animals? The Certificate I in Animal Studies is an entry point into the animal care industry and is designed for people who love animals and are looking to turn their passion into a career. The program will give you the skills and knowledge to work as an Assistant Animal Attendant in a cattery or kennel, an animal shelter or pet shop. You will learn how to work safely, as well as handle and care for a range of quiet animals.

You’ll have the chance to undertake at least 40 hours of work placement in an animal care business during the course. Complete your training in our supported online environment and attend regular workshops for practical training.

Enrolments are open throughout the year.

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This course is perfect if you are wanting to learn about working with animals whilst you are still at school. This online course is designed for inclusion in a VET in Schools Program, to contribute towards VCE/VCAL programs
and a 10% contribution towards ATAR. It can also be undertaken as a School-based Apprentice-Traineeship.
This qualification is a general prevocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification you should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

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The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the industry recognised qualification for people working within a companion animal organisation.

This workplace-based course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of companion animal care to ensure you are able to provide high levels of professional care to companion animals as well as being an effective member of the animal care team. Our unique integrated learning design together with individual tutorial support allows you to progress through the course in a logical and non-repetitious manner. We offer different streams dedicated to the welfare & boarding sectors as well as streams for pet shops, breeding establishments and veterinary clinics.

Applicants must have current employment in a companion animal workplace (minimum of 13 hours per week) to undertake this work based program. Enrolments are continuously open throughout the year.

GOTAFE graduates are highly sought after within industry.

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Learn all the skills required to be a qualified Pet Groomer through this one-year practical training program. Learn bathing, brushing, trimming and other grooming services for beloved pets. Work safely and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. Whether you have some experience in grooming or are brand new to the industry, this course is tailor-made for your circumstances.

Designed for anyone who wants to become a Pet Groomer, and for people already working at a grooming facility the qualification is suitable for job seekers and career-changers, Trainee or self-employed groomers.

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Learn the styling standards for different breeds, develop excellent customer service skills, and enhance your management skills to improve your business. This one-year course will show you how to take your grooming skills to the next level as well as build on your business acumen. You will also consolidate your skills in general animal care.

You will learn through a combination of on the job training, hands-on training at the GOTAFE Pet Grooming Facility in Werribee as well as online and textbook learning activities.
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This is the industry recognised qualification for veterinary nurses in Australia.

This workplace based course provides students with comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing which ensures GOTAFE trained veterinary nurses are valuable members of the multi-disciplinary veterinary team.

Our nurses are trained to provide gold standard professional care to their patients, clients and fellow team members.

Our integrated learning design coupled with individual tutorial support allows GOTAFE nurses 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.

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This exciting 2 year program is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in the veterinary nursing or animal care sectors, it is designed primarily for people who are not currently working in Industry.

The online delivery combined with on campus practical skills workshops and work placement provides students with comprehensive training in all aspects of animal care ensuring they are job ready; in fact many GOTAFE dual qualification students find work in the industry during the first year of their course.

On successful completion of year 1 modules, students will gain the nationally recognised qualification Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410).

Students wishing to progress into year 2 modules are required to have a minimum of 15 hours paid employment in a veterinary clinic or hospital.


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