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Certificate III in Animal Studies


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Certificate III in Animal Studies – ACM30117

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Course Overview

This is a general industry qualification that can lead to employment in all areas of the animal care industry.

Designed for people who wish to enter the industry as an animal attendant, junior groomer or as a pathway into veterinary nursing.

On campus learning gives students the opportunity to learn in our veterinary teaching clinic and animal care facility giving them real life industry experience.

Career Pathways

Completion of the course will provide you with the necessary skills and experience to begin your career in the animal care industry in one of the following roles:

  • Animal Care Receptionist/Support officer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Animal health officer on indigenous communities
  • Animal shelter attendant
  • Assistant animal welfare officer
  • Junior veterinary nurse

Further Study

After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming or ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Starts Tuesday 4th Feb, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Starts Wednesday 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • 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
  • Have the physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals
  • Be able to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of work placement experience within the animal care industry
  • Have reliable internet access including Youtube to access pre class reading and post class review on the online campus
  • It is recommended that all students enrolling in this course be immunised against tetanus
Core Units
Participate in workplace communications
Complete animal care hygiene routines
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • Role play
  • Online quizzes
  • Oral and observational assessment

The materials fee covers all on campus consumables and teaching materials, students also receive an animal sciences polo shirt to wear to class and on placement.

Students will need to provide their own stationery including:

  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Highlighters

IT Requirements are:

  • Computer with Internet access including YouTube
  • Adobe (for viewing pdf files)
  • Media player (for viewing You-tube videos)
  • Access to printer and scanner

Lesley Sanderson

Students are encouraged to attend all on campus classes.

This is a full time course, students attend campus every Tuesday for 40 weeks as well as completing approximately 20 hours per week of online learning, research, assessment planning and skills consolidation.

Students also undertake 80 hours of work placement in an animal care facility.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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