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.


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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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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