Get comprehensive training in the care of companion animals with the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services.
The course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of companion animal care to ensure graduates are able to provide high levels of professional care to companion animals as well as being an effective member of the animal care team.
You'll learn to care for animal wellbeing, including nutrition, first aid, and general care of dogs, cats, rodents, and rabbits. You'll gain skills in veterinary nursing, reception duties, and surgery preparation, and learn to comply with infection control policies and workplace health and safety requirements.
The course is open to animal attendants employed in a companion animal workplace for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
The qualification is also offered to school based apprentice/trainees who are working 13 hours a week in a companion animal workplace.
This course prepares you to work in the Companion Animal Services industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:
Course Dates & Times
Wangaratta - Tone Road
On Campus Learners starts 1st July - 9am to 4pm - SEMESTER 2 / 2019
Workplace Flexible Learning starts 1st July - 9am to 4pm - SEMESTER 2 / 2019
Starts Tuesday 4th Feb, 2 Years - Part Time, Workplace and Workshops / 2020
Starts Wednesday 1st July, 2 Years - Part Time, Workplace and Workshops / 2020
1. Subsidised Standard: $2,527.00
Course Materials: $665.00
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.
Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.
Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
Training package entry requirements
There are no mandated training package entry requirements.
GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:
Course Study Units
Work effectively in the companion animal industry
Complete animal care hygiene routines
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Identify and respond to animal behaviour
Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
Capture, handle and transport companion animals
Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
Provide basic first aid for animals
Source information for animal care needs
Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Provide enrichment for animals
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
Provide basic care of domestic cats
Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
Carry out daily practice routines
Assist with surgery preparation
Assessment methods may include:
Students will need to provide their own stationery, including notebooks, pens, highlighters and sticky notes.
Students will need access to a computer including, internet access, Adobe Reader, Media player, a printer and scanner.
Attendance & Commitment
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.
Students are required log into the online campus at least twice a week to complete learning activities and prepare for assessments.
Webinars are held fortnightly and it is highly desirable that students attend these webinars or view the recordings. Evening and day workshops are held each term as are specific ‘catch up’ days which students are encouraged to attend.
Where to From Here
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.
Educational Support Services
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
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:
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: