Courses

Diploma of Animal Technology

ACM50117

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises, projects.

Local Students

Code

ACM50117

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368884

Campuses

Fairfield

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

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 Course Advisor>

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Placement, Online components, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$7300
Ineligible:$14650

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

Materials

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

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
ACMATE301 WORK WITHIN AN ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITY 30
ACMATE302 CARRY OUT INSTITUTION CONTAINMENT AND EXCLUSION PROCEDURES 40
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
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
ACMSPE310 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF MAMMALS 40
ACMSPE312 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS 40
ACMSUS401 IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES 40
ACMWHS501 MANAGE WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 80
BSBRES401 ANALYSE AND PRESENT RESEARCH INFORMATION 40
MSL916001 DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN LABORATORY DOCUMENTATION 30
MSL924001 PROCESS AND INTERPRET DATA 70
MSL973002 PREPARE WORKING SOLUTIONS 50
MSL973004 PERFORM ASEPTIC TECHNIQUES 40
MSL973007 PERFORM MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION 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.