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.
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.
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies
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
Assessment MethodsVarious 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
MaterialsWe will provide a list of recommended materials, texts and stationery at the commencement of the course.
Entrance RequirementsPrior experience with companion animals is preferred
Pathways to further studyOn completion of this course you may choose to go on to other certificates in the Animal Care and Management package
Career PathwaysYou will be eligible for employment in a wide range of industries including pet shops, boarding facilities (welfare and retail), aquariums and grooming services
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.
|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|
|HLTAID003||PROVIDE FIRST AID||18|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.