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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

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Get comprehensive training in the care of companion animals with the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services.

Key details

Degree Type
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Fees
$2,726 total

About this course

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 animals, 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.

Entry requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this course.

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.
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices/Trainees only).

Applicants must also:

  • Be 17 years of age or over (16 for SBAT).
  • Be employed in an animal care workplace.
  • Have the physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals.
  • Have a basic level of digital literacy to undertake the online component of the course.
  • Have access to a computer with reliable internet.

It is recommended that all students enrolling in this course be immunised against tetanus

Study locations

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Career pathways

This course prepares you to work in the companion animal services industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Animal Attendant (Veterinary Clinic/Animal Shelter)
  • Pet Shop Worker
  • Pet Exerciser
  • Assistant Animal Groomer

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.