Our Departments

Agriculture and Animal Studies

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Melbourne Polytechnic’s Agriculture and Animal Studies Department offers an exciting range of degrees, with excellent opportunities in a hands-on learning environment, creating innovation, impact and sustainable delivery for future developments in business and in Australian and international primary industries.

Our unique structure promotes valuable interaction with fellow students of higher education through the same core subjects and the added bonus of tailoring your degree specialising in diverse areas, such as:

  • accounting
  • agriculture and land management
  • business
  • equine studies
  • information technology
  • viticulture and winemaking
  • animal studies, including veterinary nursing

Agriculture and Animal Studies/Primary Industries

Our Agriculture and Animal Studies programs are based at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping Campus and surrounding training centres, boasting world-class facilities for hands-on learning, including a working aquaculture centre and winery, vineyards horse and stud farms. The Epping Campus not only includes real-to-life farm equipment, stables and a barn, but has a library and great cafeteria.

It is our goal to ensure graduates are skilled, practical, flexible and solution oriented. Melbourne Polytechnic is in a unique position to work with industry specialists so that graduates are prepared to contribute immediately to the Primary Industries community in Australia

explains Dr Gavin Drew, Senior Lecturer, Agriculture and Animal Studies

This course structure will provide a learning experience allowing you the freedom to diversify your skill-set in an area of your choice and to develop the academic, interpersonal and teamwork skills needed for employment within Primary Industries.

Course Enquiries

For information about our courses:

Phone: 03 9269 8400

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Courses
Certificate II in Agriculture - VETiS
Open the gate to your career in Agricultural operations. If you are interested in gaining hands-on agricultural training, this program is designed for you. Our Certificate II in Agriculture provides a general introduction to agriculture skills and techniques.

Certificate II in Animal Studies - Companion Animal
Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With our Certificate II in Animal Studies - Companion Animal stream, you will achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to care for a range of companion animals.

Certificate II in Animal Studies - Veterinary Nursing
Do you dream of a career caring for animals? With our Certificate II in Animal Studies - Veterinary Nursing stream, you will achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue further study and a career in Veterinary Nursing.

Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)
Do you dream of working with horses? Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) will give you the practical experience and knowledge to work as a thoroughbred stablehand. Get off to a great start in your horseracing career with skills that could take you around Australia.

Certificate III in Agriculture
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Agriculture is the entry-level qualification necessary to start your career in agriculture or to build on prior qualifications. This course can get you started in a rewarding career that can take you all over the country.

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

Certificate III in Civil Construction
You'll be on the road to an 'in-demand' career with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Civil Construction. This course will develop your knowledge and levels of expertise, equipping you to work as a skilled operator in road construction and maintenance.

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
Move up in the world of Civil Construction with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. This course will develop your knowledge and talents, allowing you to work as a skilled operator in road construction and maintenance.

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Do you long to work with cats and dogs? Melbourne Polytechnic offers training through the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. You will have practical experience while learning the necessary skills and knowledge to care for animals in a professional setting.

Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Our Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management Traineeship will provide you with field experience, knowledge and practical skills in conservation and land management and enable you to identify and respond proactively to biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.

Certificate III in Farriery
Are you interested in working with and shoeing horses? Saddle up for a career in the horse trade with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Farriery.This course will allow you to develop the broad range of practical skills you need for this essential equine trade.

Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)
Gain a top trade qualification and the latest skills required for a career as a butcher. With our Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher), you'll be an asset to your employer throughout your apprenticeship and into the future.

Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
Take your career by the reins and develop your skills and knowledge in all things equine with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand). We’ll help you to lead the field in a horseracing career that could take you around Australia.

Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)
Get set for a career in horseracing with specialist trackriding skills that could take you around Australia. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) will develop your skills and knowledge in the care, grooming and exercising of thoroughbreds.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Formalise your Veterinary Nursing qualifications with our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course provides you with the industry qualification you need for your veterinary nursing career, helping you develop your skills in a range of animal care and surgical routines.

Diploma of Agriculture
With our Diploma of Agriculture you will be at the forefront of specialist knowledge and skills that are in demand right across Australia. With increased concern about the welfare and husbandry of livestock, soil health, and sustainable farming and climate risk management, Agriculture is a dynamic industry that will provide a rewarding career.

Diploma of Agronomy
Be at the forefront of farming knowledge! Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agronomy teaches specialised, professional skills and knowledge designed specifically for farm application. On completion, you will be well equipped to guide decisions about crops, pasture, and chemical and fertiliser application.

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.

Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Would you like to turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career? With our Diploma of Conservation and Land Management you can help manage Australia’s natural resources in the long term. With the extensive field experience, knowledge and practical skills gained through this course, you will be trained to identify and respond proactively to the challenges of biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.

Diploma of Horse Breeding (Stud Management)
Let your love of horses lead your career. Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Horse Breeding (Stud Management) will provide you with the skills and knowledge to get a great start as an equine industry professional. Fast-track your future in stud management or horse care.

Associate Degree of Equine Studies
Our Equine Studies program combines specialised equine science topics with business management skills essential for successful operation of equine focused businesses in the 21st century. The Associate Degree of Equine Studies will set you at a gallop, straight into a career in the industry. The course structure offers study options to help you design your ideal course.

Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing
Melbourne Polytechnic's exciting Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing is the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification of this level available in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in-depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agronomy - Local Students
Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking - International Students
Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry. We'll drink to that!

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Aquaculture - Local Students
The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Aquaculture provides a leading edge in this fascinating industry.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Aquaculture - International Students
The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Aquaculture provides a leading edge in this fascinating industry.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agribusiness - International Students
Australia’s Agriculture industry faces challenges in the future with climate change factors, a growing world population, new markets and changing technologies. The Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in Agribusiness will provide you with an exciting and rewarding career.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking - Local Students
Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry. We'll drink to that!

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology
Combine your interest in Agriculture and Technology and be at the forefront of the industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Agriculture and Technology bachelor degree, offered in partnership with La Trobe University.

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agronomy - International Students
Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.

Bachelor of Equine Studies
Follow your dream of working with horses! Our Equine Studies program combines specialised equine science topics with business and property management skills, essential for the successful operation of equine focused businesses. The Bachelor of Equine Studies provides the winning edge when it comes to future employment opportunities.



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