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6 months full time / 12 months part time
Australians are spending more than ever on our pets. From grooming and veterinary services to animal care services, we’re spending an enormous $12.2 billion per year, a figure that almost doubled in the past five years. With a Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121 at Melbourne Polytechnic, you can begin your journey towards a specialised career in the growing animal care industry. This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to take care of a range of animals.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121 will provide you with a broad base of knowledge and practical experience with animals, with an aim to help you decide how you would like to specialise in animal care. Melbourne Polytechnic has a range of well-equipped laboratories, a dog hydro-bathing room, dedicated animal care facilities and simulated veterinary clinic, so you will receive practical experience with a variety of animals as part of your studies. During the part-time component of the course, you’ll participate in practical placement of your choice. We encourage you to secure this placement yourself with assistance from our industry contacts and teachers here at Melbourne Polytechnic. During the full-time part of the course, you will participate in practical activities on an animal farm on a rostered basis, ensuring you have hands-on experience to make you job-ready.
Once you complete this course, you’ll be qualified to work as an animal attendant, allowing you to work in animal shelters, pounds, kennels, catteries, pet shops and veterinary clinics. You might choose to step straight from education to employment or you can use this qualification as a springboard to further study. The Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121 is the minimum compulsory pre-requisite course for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418. You can pathway to this course with Melbourne Polytechnic.
You may gain employment in the animal care industry and/or continue with your studies for a higher qualification.
During the part-time component of the course, you’ll participate in practical placement of your choice. We encourage you to secure this placement yourself with assistance from our industry contacts and teachers here at Melbourne Polytechnic. Some theory classes are online.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
On-campus / Virtual classroom
A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
Full time: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday OR Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Part time: Monday and Wednesday.
Full time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday OR Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Part time: Monday and Wednesday.
Assessment methods include written activities and assignments, oral activities, group participation, written and oral tests, practical demonstrations or exercises and projects.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|ACMGEN201||Work in the animal care industry||Core||30|
|ACMGEN202||Complete animal care hygiene routines||Core||30|
|ACMGEN203||Feed and water animals||Core||40|
|ACMGEN204||Assist in health care of animals||Core||40|
|ACMGEN205||Source and provide information for animal care needs||Elective||40|
|ACMGEN309||Provide basic animal first aid||Elective||40|
|ACMGEN310||Provide reception services for an animal care facility||Elective||30|
|ACMSPE316||Provide general care of domestic dogs||Elective||40|
|ACMSPE317||Provide general care of domestic cats||Elective||40|
|ACMSUS201||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices||Core||20|
|ACMWHS201||Participate in workplace health and safety processes||Core||40|
|BSBCMM211||Apply communication skills||Core||40|
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|Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$175||$250||$250|
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.
Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.
Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.
After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Important Note: The Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing will not be taking new enrolments for 2023. All new intakes for 2022 will be into the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (a Latrobe University qualification delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic).
The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.
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Complete the application form on the application form webpage.
You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.
Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.
For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.
If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.