Courses

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.

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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.

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.

Contact

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.

Local Students

Code

ACM50110

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368884

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Followed by 2 years part-time.

Part-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>

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$4100
Ineligible:$6250
Materials:$75

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

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 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.

Code Subjects Hours
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.