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Animal Technology

Certificate III Of

Code: ACM30217

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time / part time

Duration

12 months full time / part time

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July

Combine your love of animals with a passion for science

Advanced technology leading to innovations in animal care is a key factor for the rapid growth of Australia’s animal care industry, which is growing steadily at over 10% a year. Studying a Certificate III in Animal Technology at Melbourne Polytechnic puts you at the forefront of this dynamic, growing industry. Under the guidance of our industry-experienced teachers, you’ll receive a comprehensive grounding in animal care and technology.

Care for animals in and out of the lab

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Animal Technology will teach you a variety of skills, from laboratory procedures and husbandry to general care of animals. Learn to conduct non-surgical procedures on animals, prepare for and monitor anaesthesia, perform microscopic exams and oversee simple breeding procedures. When you study at Melbourne Polytechnic, you gain extensive practical experience with animals through our industry partners. These include a number of facilities within universities and hospitals, ensuring that your knowledge and experience is industry-level and up-to-date.

Graduate work-ready for a rewarding career in animal technology

Once you complete this course, you might find employment as a technician in science, research and educational facilities. This course gives you the minimum industry qualification to operate at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology functions within a scientific environment. Technicians are employed to perform a variety of roles but especially in care and husbandry at a junior level progressing to further techniques and research.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates of this course may gain employment in science, research and educational facilities. Technicians are employed to perform a variety of roles usually in the care and husbandry at a junior level progressing, with experience to further techniques and research.
  • Veterinary Clinic Assistant

Pathways

This course is a pathway program towards the Diploma of Animal Technology. If you have a Certificate III in another course and are over 20 years old, you may enrol directly into the Diploma.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course includes 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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
ACMATE304 CONDUCT NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES ON ANIMALS Core 60
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
ACMATE301 WORK WITHIN THE ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITY Core 30
ACMGAS301 MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING Core 50
ACMATE303 PREPARE FOR AND MONITOR ANAESTHESIA IN ANIMALS Core 60
ACMATE302 CARRY OUT INSTITUTION CONTAINMENT AND EXCLUSION PROCEDURES Core 40
ACMATE305 CONDUCT EUTHANASIA OF RESEARCH ANIMALS Core 30
ACMSPE312 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS Core 40
ACMGAS304 CARRY OUT SIMPLE BREEDING PROCEDURES Core 40
MSL973007 PERFORM MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION Core 40
ACMSPE310 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF MAMMALS Core 40
ACMGAS302 PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS Core 40
MSL973004 PERFORM ASEPTIC TECHNIQUES Core 40
ACMGAS203 COMPLETE ANIMAL CARE HYGIENE ROUTINES Core 30
ACMSUS201 PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 20
ACMGAS303 PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS Core 60
ACMWHS201 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 40
MSL924001 PROCESS AND INTERPRET DATA Core 70

Fees & Costs

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$3700.00 - $7300.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

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.

Requirements

You should have completed VCE or equivalent.

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.