Certificate II in Animal Studies


Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With our Certificate II in Animal Studies, you will achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to care for a range of animals.

Caring for all creatures great and small

The Certificate II in Animal Studies will provide you with a broad base of knowledge and practical experience with animals that will allow you to decide on your specialisation in animal care.

Industry connections and resources

We will provide you with access and practical experience with animals throughout the course, through our industry partner. During the part-time component of the course, you will be required to complete two weeks of work placement. We encourage you to secure work placement yourself, though there will be assistance available from your teachers and their industry contacts. During the full-time course you will be required to attend animal farm activities on a roster basis.

Employment outcomes

On completion of this course you be will qualified to work as an animal attendant. Other employment areas, include:

  • animal shelters
  • pounds
  • kennels, catteries, pet shops
  • veterinary clinics


Assessment methods for this course include written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, and projects.

Local Students






Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 6 months

Part-time: 12 months

Class Schedule: *

Full-time: Mon, Tue, and Thur
Part-time: Tue and Thur

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Work placements, Online components, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises and projects


A list of equipment, reference material, and writing materials that you will need will be given at the start of the course.
You will be required to wear appropriate footwear (covered-in shoes) to campus and to work placement. Purchase of a work and scrub top is also a requirement

Entrance Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites to enrol in this course. Prior experience with animals (including pets) is preferred

Pathways to further study

You will be enable to enrol in the ACM30210 Certificate III in Animal Technology, or ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. You could also consider going on to the ACM50110 Diploma of Animal Technology

Career Pathways

You may gain employment in the animal care industry and/or continue with your studies for a higher qualification. Career options include animal attendant, animal technician and veterinary clinic work.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry 30
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications 20
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines 30
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals 40
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals 40
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals 30
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility 30
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs 40
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs 40
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes 40

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.