Courses

Diploma of Animal Technology

ACM50117

Does a rewarding career in animal technology sound appealing? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Animal Technology course is the industry qualification for those undertaking animal technology functions within a scientific environment. Gain a range of skills such as laboratory procedures and husbandry and care of animals.

Caring for animals

This course will provide a comprehensive grounding in animal care and technology. Learn the skills for animal care, husbandry, health, wellbeing, non-surgical procedures, anaesthesia, microscopes, breeding procedures, behaviour and enrichment.

Industry connections and resources

Melbourne Polytechnic will provide you with practical experience with animals throughout the course and we organise an industry practical placement for you.

Employment outcomes

Graduates of this course may gain employment in science, research and educational facilities. Technicians are employed to perform a variety of roles but especially in care and husbandry of animals progressing to further techniques and research.

Assessment

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

Code

ACM50117

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368884

Campuses

Fairfield

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years

First year full time
Second year part time

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - 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

Fees

Eligible:$7600
Ineligible:$15250

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

Materials

A list of equipment, reference material, and writing materials that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. You will be required to wear appropriate footwear (covered in shoes) to campus and in practical placement.

Entrance Requirements

You should have completed VCE or equivalent.

Pathways to further study

This course could be used to articulate to higher education in a stream of the biological sciences

Career Pathways

Graduates of this course may gain employment in science, research and educational facilities. Technicians are employed to perform a variety of roles usually in the care and husbandry at a junior level progressing, with experience to further techniques and research.

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
ACMATE303 PREPARE FOR AND MONITOR ANAESTHESIA IN ANIMALS 60
ACMATE304 CONDUCT NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES ON ANIMALS 60
ACMATE305 CONDUCT EUTHANASIA OF RESEARCH ANIMALS 30
ACMATE501 MANAGE COMPLIANCE IN ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY 30
ACMATE502 MANAGE AND MAINTAIN THE HEALTH OF RESEARCH ANIMALS 80
ACMATE503 CARRY OUT POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION OF A RESEARCH ANIMAL 80
ACMGAS302 PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS 40
ACMGAS303 PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS 60
ACMSPE310 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF MAMMALS 40
ACMSPE312 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS 40
ACMWHS501 MANAGE WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 80
MSL924001 PROCESS AND INTERPRET DATA 70
MSL973002 PREPARE WORKING SOLUTIONS 50
MSL973004 PERFORM ASEPTIC TECHNIQUES 40
MSL974007 UNDERTAKE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD-BASED MONITORING 80

Skills Recognition

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5.