Animal Studies


An animal studies course can develop into a career that provides the skills and knowledge to allow you to care for and manage the daily needs of a range of animal species.

Melbourne Polytechnic has a long and highly regarded connection with the animal industry and can assist you in gaining a qualification.

Potential careers include:

  • veterinary nurse
  • pet grooming
  • shelter worker
  • kennel/cattery attendant
  • animal attendant
  • pet shop worker
  • community animal care or farm worker.

Melbourne Polytechnic's animal studies courses deliver a range of skills in:

  • general animal care and husbandry
  • native wildlife care
  • breeding procedures
  • companion animal behaviour
  • veterinary clinic duties
  • health and nutrition of a range of animals.

We have a new Higher Education course launching in 2015: the Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing. 

Melbourne Polytechnic's facilities and practical rooms provide opportunities for basic handling and husbandry through to science practicals and projects at our Fairfield and Epping campuses. Let Ruby, our canine assistant, show you around and join the discussion on our Facebook page: Vet Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate II in Animal Studies
Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Animal Studies, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to care for a range of companion animals. This unique Certificate II in Animal Studies is also studied in a real-to-life environment.

Certificate III in Animal Technology
The Certificate III in Animal Technology is the minimum industry qualification for those operating at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology functions within a scientific environment. Gain a range of skills such as laboratory procedures and husbandry and care of animals.

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Are you a passionate dog and cat lover? Then why not consider a career caring for companion animals? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the recommended industry qualification to work with companion animals. The course features practical experience with animals, giving you the skills and knowledge necessary to care for companion animals in a professional setting.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Formalise your Veterinary Nursing qualifications with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course provides you with the industry qualification for your veterinary nursing career as you develop your skills in a range of animal care and surgical routines.

Diploma of Animal Technology
Care for animals in biomedical and educational environments. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Animal Technology provides you with the skills, knowledge and the industry qualification to undertake animal care and related animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment.

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
Consolidate your Veterinary Nursing qualifications with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice). This course has been designed for qualified and experienced veterinary nurses who demonstrate leadership, advanced nursing skills and potential in the clinical management of a veterinary practice.

Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing
Melbourne Polytechnic's exciting Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing is the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification of this level available in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in-depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field.

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