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.

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.


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.

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Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400


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 Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Placement, 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

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


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
  • 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
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry 30
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services 40
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines 30
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing 50
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals 40
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals 60
ACMGAS304 Carry out simple breeding procedures 40
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work 60
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds 40
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs 40
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits 40
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 50

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.