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.
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.
VTAC CodeFairfield 6900368884
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies
Followed by 2 years part-time.
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
Assessment MethodsAssessment methods include written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, projects
MaterialsWe will provide a list of recommended materials, texts and stationery
Entrance RequirementsYou 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 studyOn 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 PathwaysYou 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
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|ACMATE301A||WORK WITHIN THE ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITY||30|
|ACMATE302A||CARRY OUT INSTITUITION CONTAINMENT AND EXCLUSION PROCEDURES||40|
|ACMATE303A||PREPARE FOR AND MONITOR ANAESTHESIA||60|
|ACMATE304A||CONDUCT NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES ON ANIMALS||60|
|ACMATE305A||CONDUCT EUTHANASIA OF RESEARCH ANIMALS||30|
|ACMATE501A||MANAGE COMPLIANCE IN ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY||30|
|ACMATE502A||MANAGE AND MAINTAIN THE HEALTH OF RESEARCH ANIMALS||80|
|ACMATE504A||ADMINISTER ANAESTHESIA AND PERFORM SURGERY ON ANIMALS FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES||60|
|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|
|ACMOHS501A||MANAGE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||80|
|ACMSPE310A||BASIC CARE OF MAMMALS||40|
|ACMSPE312A||PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS||40|
|ACMSUS301A||Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices||40|
|BSBRES401A||ANALYSE AND PRESENT RESEARCH INFORMATION||40|
|MSL916001A||DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN LABORATORY DOCUMENTATION||30|
|MSL924001A||PROCESS AND INTERPRET DATA||70|
|MSL973002A||PREPARE WORKING SOLUTIONS||50|
|MSL973004A||PERFORM ASEPTIC TECHNIQUES||40|
|MSL973007A||PERFORM MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION||40|
|MSL974007A||UNDERTAKE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD BASED MONITORING||80|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.