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Certificate II in Animal Studies

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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.

Key details

Degree Type
Certificate
Course Code
ACM20117
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$2,709 total

About this course

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

Entry requirements

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.

Study locations

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Wallan - High Street

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

Credit for prior study or work

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.

How to apply

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.