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Certificate II in Animal Care

Code: ACM20121

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Overview

Campus
Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Begin your dream career caring for animals

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.

Find your specialised practice

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.

Turn your passion for animals into a fulfilling career

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.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121 take me?

You may gain employment in the animal care industry and/or continue with your studies for a higher qualification.
  • Animal Shelter Assistant
  • Veterinary Clinic Assistant
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Kennel Assistant
  • Cattery Assistant
  • Animal Pound Assistant

Study Pathways

You will be able to enrol in the ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, or ACM40418 Certificate IV in Verterinary Nursing.

Course Details

Delivery methods

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.

  • Blended learning
  • Work placements
  • Online components
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Epping
Full time: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday OR Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Part time: Monday and Wednesday.

Fairfield
Full time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday OR Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Part time: Monday and Wednesday.

Assessment Methods

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
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 Core 40
ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid Core 40
ACMGEN310 Provide reception services for an animal care facility Core 30
ACMSPE316 Provide general care of domestic dogs Core 40
ACMSPE317 Provide general care of domestic cats Core 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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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $510 $2550 $5600
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $685 $2800 $5850
Per year $
Per semester $

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.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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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:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

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:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

A list of equipment, reference material, and writing materials that you will need will be given at the start of the course. You will be required to wear appropriate footwear (covered-in shoes) to campus and to practical placement.

Animal Studies courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services ACM30417
Animal Studies - Full Time - Fairfield
Animal Studies - Full Time - Fairfield
Would you like a career working with cats, dogs and other companion animals? Melbourne Polytechnic offers training in Companion Animal Services. You will gain practical skills and experience while participating in course work in class to care for animals in a professional companion animal setting.
Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
Animal Studies, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Animal Studies, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
La Trobe's Veterinary Nursing degree, delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping Campus, provides graduates with a work-ready qualification and is the first full degree in Veterinary Nursing in Australia.
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418
Animal Studies - Full Time - Fairfield
Free Tafe Animal Studies - Full Time - Fairfield
Begin your career path in the veterinary industry with our ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course provides you with quality training that will develop your skills in a range of animal care, clinical and surgical routines.
Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing
Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Epping

Important Note: The Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing will not be taking new enrolments for 2022. All new intakes for 2022 will be into the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (a Latrobe University qualification delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic).

Requirements

There are no prerequisites to enrol in this course.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs 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.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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