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Certificate II in Animal Studies

Code: ACM20117

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Overview

Campus

Fairfield, Epping

Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

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 an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies 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 variety of animals.

Find your specialised practice

Melbourne Polytechnic’s ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies will provide you with a broad base of knowledge and practical experience with animals, with an aim to help you decide how you’d like to specialise in animal care. Melbourne Polytechnic has a range of well-equipped laboratories, a dog hydrobathing room, dedicated animal care facilities and simulated veterinary clinic, so you’ll 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’ll 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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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

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

Full time (Fairfield): Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Part time (Epping and Fairfield): Tuesday and Thursday.

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
ACMGAS201 WORK IN THE ANIMAL CARE INDUSTRY Core 30
ACMGAS202 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS Core 20
ACMGAS203 COMPLETE ANIMAL CARE HYGIENE ROUTINES Core 30
ACMGAS204 FEED AND WATER ANIMALS Core 40
ACMGAS205 ASSIST IN HEALTH CARE OF ANIMALS Core 40
ACMGAS206 PROVIDE BASIC FIRST AID FOR ANIMALS Core 30
ACMGAS207 PROVIDE RECEPTION SERVICES FOR AN ANIMAL CARE FACILITY Elective 30
ACMGAS208 SOURCE INFORMATION FOR ANIMAL CARE NEEDS Elective 40
ACMSPE304 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC DOGS Elective 40
ACMSPE305 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC CATS Elective 40
ACMSUS201 PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 20
ACMWHS201 PARTICIPATE IN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $440 $2200 $4800
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $615 $2450 $5050
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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.

Check your eligibility here.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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 Laboratory Skills MSL30118
Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Job Trainer Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Does a rewarding career in science sound appealing? Melbourne Polytechnic’s course in laboratory skills is the entry level qualification for you and for those operating at a junior or assistant level and undertaking laboratory functions within a scientific environment. Gain a range of skills such as laboratory procedures and maintaining a laboratory.
Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
Animal Studies, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC 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 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.
Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing
Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Epping

Important Note: This degree will not be taking new enrolments for 2021. All new intakes for 2021 will be into the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (a La Trobe University qualification delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic).

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418
Animal Studies - Full Time - Fairfield
Job Trainer 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.
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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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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