Courses

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Do you long to work with cats and dogs? Melbourne Polytechnic offers training through the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. You will have practical experience while learning the necessary skills and knowledge to care for animals in a professional setting.

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Quality care is essential for animals

In this course you will learn how to work effectively in the companion animal industry. Some of the skills you will develop are:

  • providing hydrobathing services
  • completing animal care hygiene routines
  • maintaining and monitoring animal health and wellbeing
  • carrying out simple breeding procedures
  • applying first aid

Industry connections and resources

You will be taught by staff who highly experienced in the animal care field. They will guide you on your journey to learn more about working with animals.

A work placement of up to two weeks in an animal care environment is a key part of this course.

Employment outcomes

You’ll be qualified to work in animal welfare shelters, local government animal services, pet retail, boarding or breeding facilities, pet grooming and other companion animal services.

Assessment

Through written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, projects.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information on the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

ACM30410

Campuses

GREENSBOROUGH, FAIRFIELD

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
3 days per week

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

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

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$2550
Ineligible:$6000
Concession:$510
Materials:$70

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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, and projects

Materials

We will provide a list of recommended materials, texts and stationery at the commencement of the course.

Entrance Requirements

Prior experience with companion animals is preferred

Pathways to further study

On completion of this course you may choose to go on to other certificates in the Animal Care and Management package

Career Pathways

You will be eligible for employment in a wide range of industries including pet shops, boarding facilities (welfare and retail), aquariums and grooming services

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear

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
ACMCAS301A WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE COMPANION ANIMAL INDUSTRY 30
ACMCAS307A PROVIDE COMPANION ANIMAL HYDROBATHING SERVICES 40
ACMGAS203A COMPLETE ANIMAL CARE HYGIENE ROUTINE 30
ACMGAS301A MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING 50
ACMGAS302A PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS 40
ACMGAS303A PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS 60
ACMGAS304A CARRY OUT SIMPLE BREEDING PROCEDURES 40
ACMINF301A COMPLY WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ANIMAL WORK 60
ACMOHS301A CONTRIBUTE TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 50
ACMSPE302A PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF BIRDS 40
ACMSPE304A PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOGS 40
ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
ACMSPE312A PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS 40
ACMSUS201A PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES 20
HLTFA301B APPLY FIRST-AID 18

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.