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