ACM20110Certificate II in Animal Studies

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  • Awarded by

    North Coast TAFE (RTO 90010)

  • Qualification

    Certificate II

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Self-paced, max 12 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Career Outcomes

    Animal Technician | Animal Care Attendant | Animal Carer | Pet Shop Assistant | View all

This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 05 Oct 2017

About this course

The online Certificate II in Animal Studies course offered through Open Colleges will give you the tools to turn your love of animals into a fulfilling career. In this comprehensive program, students will gain the fundamental skills required to manage the daily needs of animals.

This includes training in core learning areas such as the provision of animal health care, basic first aid, and food, water and hygiene routines. Students will also learn how to participate in the workplace, including standard occupational health and safety practices, sourcing and synthesising animal care information and providing reception services for animal care facilities.

A compulsory workplace experience component of a minimum of 80 hours provides students with essential hands-on learning.

  • Prerequisites


    Applicants must have completed year 10, or equivalent.

  • Subjects

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    In this animal care course, the subjects you will study include:

    • Work in the animal care industry
    • Participate in workplace communications
    • Participate in occupational health and safety processes
    • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • Feed and water animals
    • Complete animal care hygiene routines
    • Provide basic care of dogs
    • Assist in health care of animals
    • Provide basic first aid for animals
    • Provide reception services for an animal care facility
    • Provide information on companion animals, products and services
    • Source information for animal care needs
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


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Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies from North Coast TAFE.

This online animal care qualification is the ideal entry point for anyone looking to launch a career in animal studies, or for a pathway to veterinary nursing.

Graduates can expect to gain fulfilling employment working in a range of animal care settings, including veterinary facilities, kennels, pet shops, animal hospitals, zoos, catteries and grooming parlours.

Animal carers may undertake a diverse range of tasks, including, but not limited to, dispensing medications, feeding, watering and examining animals, as well as performing administration work such as reception duties and accepting client payments.

Wondering where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Animal Technician
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Animal Carer
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer
  • Animal Shelter Attendant


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