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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Commence your animal care journey with this nationally recognised qualification. This course gives you the skills and knowledge to not only handle and care for animals, but to deliver accurate advice to their owners.

The course is suitable for both workplace delivery and for those looking to enter the industry via work placement. Students not working in the industry are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of work placement. 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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Get qualified and show your customers and work colleagues you meet the professional standards of the companion animal industry.

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

Learn how to provide high levels of professional care to companion animals as well as being an effective member of the animal care team.

We offer different streams dedicated to the welfare and 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 or guaranteed work placement) to undertake this work based program. Enrolments are continuously open throughout the year.

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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.

Whether you are working in the industry or looking for a career change this fully supported one year program will give you the skills required to become a qualified pet groomer.

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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the recognised industry qualification for Australian Veterinary Nurses.

This is a work place based course designed to provide you with comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing ensuring GOTAFE trained veterinary nurses are valued members of the multidisciplinary 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.

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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 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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