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Certificate II in Animal Studies


Certificate II in Animal Studies – ACM20117

Course Overview

Start your career in Animal Care with the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

You'll learn to care for the welfare of animals, including feeding, watering, and hygiene routines, and providing basic care for domestic dogs and cats. You'll also learn to provide basic animal first aid, prepare animals for surgery, and carry out daily practice routines.

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities.

The course can be delivered in the following ways:

  • In the workplace - 12-18 months
  • In the Classroom - 2 days per week for 6 months
  • As a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship - 2 years part-time
  • As a VCE Vocational Training Program Approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority- 2 years part-time
  • As a TCE Vocational Training Program Approved by the Tasmanian Department of Education - 2 years part-time
  • As part of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology co-delivered with CSU - 4-6 months

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Animal Care and Management industry. Weekend work may be involved and a level of fitness is required that allows for safe handling of a range of animals.

You may find work in a Veterinary Clinic, Animal Shelter, Kennel/Cattery, or Sanctuary, performing the following duties:

  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Administering medication
  • Exercise and enrichment activities
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Grooming
  • Customer service
  • Documentation

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course Dates & Times

Wallan - High Street

Traineeship - Open from 15/02/2021 - 2021

Wallan - Starts on Monday 12th July - Online / 2021

Wangaratta - Tone Road

VETDSS - Starts on 27/01/2021 - Wednesdays - 9am to 4pm/2021

Traineeship - Open from 15/02/2021 - 2021

Tasmania Pathway Program - Starts on 27/01/2021 - Wednesdays - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Workplace based - Open from 12/7/2021 / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 12/07/2021 - Monday & Tuesday - 9am to 4pm / 2021

VETDSS - Starts on 02/02/2022 - Online & On Campus Prac Days - 9am to 4pm / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 15/02/2022 - On Campus Mon & Tue - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Online - Starts on 24/02/2022 - Online & On Campus Prac Days / 2022

Trainees - Open from 14/02/2022 - Workplace based / 2022

Workplace Based - Open from 14th February / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

Training package entry requirements

There are no mandated training package entry requirements.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course (excluding VETiS Students)
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course. (Trainees only)
  • Attend an interview (excluding VETDSS Students)
  • Must be 16 years and over

It is also desirable that all applicants:

  • Have at least an intermediate level of digital literacy to undertake the online component of the course, as well as access to a computer with internet access including YouTube
  • Have physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals
  • It is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus.

Victorian & Tasmanian VETDSS students will have their suitability determined by their school.

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students will have their suitability determined by CSU - a minimum ATAR of 70 is required.

Core Units
Work in the animal care industry
Participate in workplace communications
Complete animal care hygiene routines
Feed and water animals
Assist in health care of animals
Provide basic first aid for animals
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Participate in workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries
Catch and handle a range of quiet animals
Assist in the care of animals
Source information for animal care needs
Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Communicate effectively with clients and team members
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
Provide basic care of domestic cats
Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
Carry out daily practice routines
Assist with surgery preparation
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • In class and/or online discussion forums
  • Short answer questions
  • Animal recognition photographs
  • Practical skills demonstration
  • Oral assessment – this may be conducted face to face or via skype/phone/zoom
  • Third Party reports

Material fees are dependent on the enrolment type and cover all online and on-campus learning resources and consumables.

The following are recommended texts which are not covered by material fees, they may be borrowed from the library or purchased online. GOTAFE may have a limited number available for purchase. Please note these books are not compulsory.

  • Hotston-Moore, P. & Hughes, A., BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 2007 ISBN: 978-1-4051-3795-9
  • Dallas, S. E., & Jewell, S., Animal Biology and Care, ed 3, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014 ISBN : 978-1-118-27606-8

Stationery Requirements:

  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Colour highlighters
  • Sticky labels

IT requirements include the following access to:

  • a computer with reliable internet
  • YouTube for viewing training videos
  • Adobe for viewing PDF files
  • Microsoft Office
  • A printer and scanner

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You must commit to attending all on-campus classes/workshops and work placement requirements.

All students are expected to:

  • Complete online study by logging onto the online campus at least twice a week to complete self-paced learning activities
  • Attend the weekly webinars, these are recorded and uploaded to the online campus so students who miss the live webinar are able to view the webinar

Workplace-Based Students:

  • Will be required to have their supervisor sign off specific tasks within the workplace
  • Trainers will attend the workplace 4 times annually to conduct training and assessment - students must be available to meet their trainer at the agreed time and date

Victorian & Tasmanian VETDSS students:

  • Victorian students attend the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre for 1-day workshop each school holiday; April, July and September.
  • Tasmanian students attend the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre for a 4-day residential program held in March.
  • All VETDSS students must complete 40 hours of structured workplace learning in an animal care facility.

B. Veterinary Technology students:

  • Must attend the ASC180 residential school at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre in line with their residential schools program timetabled by CSU.
  • Must complete 80 hours of work placement

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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