Diploma of Animal Technology


Learn how to care for animals at Melbourne Polytechnic. The Diploma of Animal Technology provides you with skills, knowledge and the industry qualifications for animal technology.


Looking after animals – learn more

This course will open up career opportunities for animal technicians in a variety of roles, especially in science, research and educational facilities. You will begin with the Certificate III in Animal Technology as part of a pathway to the diploma.

  • Some of the skills you will learn involve:
  • basic care of animals
  • monitoring animal health and wellbeing
  • providing enrichment for animals
  • non-surgical procedures
  • simple breeding procedures

Industry connections and resources

You will be taught by staff who are highly experienced in the field of animal technology. They will support your learning about husbandry and care of animals in a biomedical and educational environment.

Employment outcomes

When you have completed the Diploma of Animal Technology, you will be able to work with animals in universities, research institutes and hospitals.


You will be assessed 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.


For any additional information on the Diploma of Animal Technology, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

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Full-time: 2 years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - 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>



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

Assessment Methods

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


We will provide a list of recommended materials, texts and stationery

Entrance Requirements

You must
  • have basic communications skills
  • have the physical ability to perform practical work placement in industry
  • have evidence of current tetanus vaccination
  • be able to demonstrate a willingness to care for animals in a medical research environment

Pathways to further study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Animal Technology you can apply for our own Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing or consider moving onto a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences at another university

Career Pathways

You will be able to fine work in science, research and educational facilities. As a technician you will be employed to perform a variety of roles, especially in care and husbandry at a junior level, progressing to further techniques, research and management

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.