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Companion Animal Services

Certificate III Of

Code: ACM30417

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time / part time

Duration

12 months full time / part time

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July

Become a sought-after animal care expert

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 62% of households owning a pet. Our animal care industry is massive and growing every year. Caring for our furry friends can be a rewarding career for animal lovers. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Companion Animal Services equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to take care of animals in a professional setting.

Learn essential skills from industry experts

As part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, you will develop key animal care skills in practical work environments. You’ll be taught by highly experienced teachers with industry connections in the animal care field. 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. Learn skills such as providing hydrobathing services, completing animal care hygiene routines, carrying out simple breeding procedures and maintaining and monitoring animal health and wellbeing.

Follow your own path in a diverse industry

Once you’ve graduated from this course, you’ll have the skills to work with companion animals. You might find work in a variety of areas including animal welfare shelters, local government animal services, pet retail, boarding or breeding facilities, pet grooming and other companion animal services.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You will be eligible for employment in a wide range of industries including pet shops, boarding facilities (welfare and retail), aquariums and grooming services
  • Animal Shelter Assistant
  • Animal Pound Assistant
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Pet Groomer
  • Boarding Facility Assistant
  • Aquarium Assistant

Pathways

On completion of this course you may choose to pathway to other certificates from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package

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

How you learn

As part of your studies, you’ll complete a two week work placement in an animal care environment. This ensures you graduate with both practical experience and knowledge, so you can enter the diverse animal care field with confidence.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including written and oral activities, assignments, group participation, 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
ACMWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50
ACMSUS201 PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 20
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
ACMSPE304 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC DOGS Core 40
ACMGAS301 MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING Core 50
ACMGAS303 PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS Core 60
ACMINF301 COMPLY WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ANIMAL WORK Core 60
ACMGAS203 COMPLETE ANIMAL CARE HYGIENE ROUTINES Core 30
ACMSPE305 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC CATS Core 40
ACMGAS206 PROVIDE BASIC FIRST AID FOR ANIMALS Core 30
ACMCAS301 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE COMPANION ANIMAL INDUSTRY Core 30
ACMGAS304 CARRY OUT SIMPLE BREEDING PROCEDURES Core 40
ACMSPE302 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF BIRDS Core 40
ACMCAS307 PROVIDE COMPANION ANIMAL HYDRO-BATHING SERVICES Core 40
ACMGAS302 PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS Core 40
ACMSPE312 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS Core 40

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
$3050.00 - $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

We will provide a list of recommended materials, texts and stationery at the commencement of the course.

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

There are no formal entry requirements for 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.