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Animal Studies

In 2018, more than 62% of Australian households owned a pet. In Western Australia alone, there was a staggering 57% of households with pets. That’s a lot of furry and feathered friends to make lasting, happy memories with. And for most pet owners, pets aren’t just cute, furry creatures to play with and train. Most pet owners see their furry friends as important, irreplaceable family members, and see to it that they get the best care that they can, whether there’s a need for a routine checkup, or their furry friends have an illness or affliction that needs taking care of. 

If this sounds like something you may want to do, looking into doing animal studies can be a fulfilling pathway into a rewarding career. If you have a passion for animals, providing companion animal services may sound like a good fit for you. Learning with TAFE animal care courses can provide you with a good foundation to start a career working with our loyal animal friends.

If you’re wanting to work with animals, and think that this is the right qualification for you, you’ll find upon completion that you’ll be qualified to work as an:

  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Pet Shop Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer
  • Animal Care Receptionist and Support Officer
  • Animal Health Officer in Indigenous Communities
  • and many more.

Animal Studies Courses

^ You’ll pay half price course fees on Lower fees, Local Skills qualifications, however please note other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.
Half price^
^ You’ll pay half price course fees on Lower fees, Local Skills qualifications, however please note other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.
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National ID: ACM20117
State ID: BDN2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Learn about creatures great and small.

If you have a passion for animals this is perfect introduction into the industry. Learn a broad range of skills across multiple fields that will set you up for a career working with all sorts of creatures.

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Caring for animals can be your day at the office.

Take an animal studies course and kickstart a career caring for and working with animals in animal shelters, kennels or pet shops. Animal Studies courses will equip you with essential skills and knowledge in areas such as animal nutrition, animal ethics, handling and transportation of animals.

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where you can provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

Certificate II
National ID: ACM30117
State ID: BDN1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Animal Studies

Make a career caring for animals in trouble.

Further refine your passion for helping animals across multiple fields and learn skills in handling, care, transportation and more. Further study will provide you with specialised training in the field of your choice.

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Flexible
On campus

If you dream of a career working with animals, this entry-level course is for you.

With a Certificate III in Animal Studies from Central Regional TAFE you will gain the skills you need to work as an animal attendant or trainer. It is also the perfect foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams within the animal care industry.

This course will give you broad skills in basic care and the capture, handling and transportation of companion animals, as well as specialised skills in either behavioural sciences, veterinary nursing, or wildlife care.

Certificate III
State ID: KAA84
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Backyard Beekeeping Skills Set

Gain the skills for a sweet working life.

Turn your curiosity into a hobby or get started on a career in beekeeping. This short course will allow you to learn from professionals about the safe handling of bees, bee biology, honey production and more.

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Learn about the basics of hobbyist beekeeping. 

We are partnering with local apiarists and in this course you will gain knowledge and practical skills in backyard beekeeping using both the traditional langstroth hives and flow hives. 

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Skill set
National ID: O9526P
State ID: O9526P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Dog Handling and Equipment

Learn to handle dogs safely in your job role.

Suitable for those in a Local Government or similar role who are required from time to time to capture and handle a range of dogs, including aggressive dogs.  Participants usually include Security Officers, Works Crew Members, Pound Officers.

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Help ensure the safety of yourself and others when handling canines.

This short course is suitable for those working in Local Government or similar role who are required from time to time to capture and handle a range of dogs, including aggressive dogs.  Course participants usually include Security Officers, Works Crew Members, Pound Officers.

You'll learn to understand dog behaviour and read body language to make safe decisions. You'll also gain practical skills using international standard techniques on equipment such as slip leads, snappy snare and various dog poles.

All participants will receive a 6ft slip lead to use during the practical exercises and keep afterwards.

Short course
National ID: O9502P
State ID: O9502P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Dog and Cat Management Control

Your passion for pets could be your perfect career.

If you love cats and dogs and are passionate about keeping them safe, this short course is for you. Learn practical skills in animal safety, comfort, management and more.

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Learn to care for our four legged friends.

This short course is suitable if you work as a Local Government Ranger, Animal Control Officer, or as an Animal Management Facility Operators. It will also benefit those in allied fields such as Animal Welfare Inspectors, or those wishing to enter these fields.

You'll learn how to understand and interpret dog and cat body language and behaviour to be able to make safe handling decisions.

Expand on your knowledge about the Local Government Regulatory Services environment and gain the required skills to operate successfully within it.  As part of the course you'll gain hands-on experience in industry environments such as a leading Local Government Animal Management Facility and the Cat Haven.

This course includes hands-on practical training including how to use a variety of microchip scanners, learning new and effective slip lead techniques, a range of capture equipment and techniques for both cats and dogs, and more about the effective use of dog poles. 

Sessions include presentations from industry experts in related fields, including a qualified and highly experienced veterinarian. You'll meet and handle Princess and Fin.

Most importanlty we'll discuss the relevant legislation at an industry operator’s level including real scenarios, issues and solutions.

Short course
National ID: O9506P
State ID: O9506P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Livestock Management and Control Short Course

Prepare the pastures that feed the nation.

The essential skills you'll learn in this short course will set you up to work with animals on the land. Learn how to understand their behaviours, safe handling, transportation and more.

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Online

Identify and manage cattle, sheep, horses and goats.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand and manage cattle, sheep, horses and goats which includes learning about their behavioural characteristics, welfare requirements, handling and transportation. 

You'll gain skills in:

  • Understanding the basic behaviour of livestock
  • Understanding their welfare requirements, low stress handling and transportation
  • Using safe work practices
  • Handle, gather and move large animals
  • Assessing the condition of livestock
  • Relocating large animals
  • Completing relevant documentation
  • Complying with legal and legislative requirements 
Short course
State ID: AD737
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Microchip Implantation for Dogs and Cats Skill Set

Pet safety in the palm of your hand.

Microchipping is a simple and easy way for pets to be identified and reunited with their owners if they become lost or otherwise. Learn the skills to implant microchips and how they work with this practical skill set.

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Implant microchips in dogs and cats with appropriate care 

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand, interpret and apply microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, whilst exhibiting appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. 

This skill set is suited to individuals who wish to become an Authorised Implanter in conformance with the Western Australian State Government Regulations for microchip implantation of cats and dogs. 

Skill set
State ID: KAB92
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Pet First Aid Skills Set

Help furry and feathered friends in a pinch.

Our pets are some of our most loved family members. Know how to keep them safe with this skill set that will inform and educate you in safe handling, anatomy, first aid and more.

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On campus

Learn basic first aid for animals and pets. 

This course is suitable for those interested working in animal care and pet owners, in particularly  for dog and cat owners .  

Topics covered include:

  • Safe animal handling
  • Basic anatomy of animals
  • How to perform a physical exam 
  • Life threatening medical conditions 
  • Basic first aid including bandaging and CPR 
  • The animal emergency network 

This course includes a half day practical workshop and online learning. 

Skill set
National ID: AHC21216
State ID: BDE2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
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Certificate II in Rural Operations

Make a great living off the land.

Work in rural operations is increasing in regional areas and around Western Australia. Get the skills to work in some of the exciting new operations happening near you and further afield. 

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Work in this industry and enjoy an outdoor office.

This qualification is delivered by industry experts who have years of experience working in rural environments. You will gain practical skills to work safely on rural work sites and carry out a range of manual tasks — as well as operate machinery and tools.

Students who complete this course can expect to find employment in entry level positions, in agriculture, market gardens, and mixed rural enterprises.

Certificate II
National ID: ACM40418
State ID: BED9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Look after all creatures, great and small.

Graduates of this course will be leaving Central Regional TAFE as qualified Vet Nurses. You'll learn to look after all types of animals with both theoretical and practical elements to this hands-on course.

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Caring for animals can be your every day at the office.

As the first person that the clients, and the pet patients, will see, it’s important that veterinary nurses are trained with high-quality programs, by award-winning, experienced lecturers. This winning combination gives our students the best environment to deepen their knowledge, and hone their skills in communication, empathy, adaptability, and ensure that they are committed to continuous learning.

With a veterinary nursing course at CRTAFE, you’ll learn essential skills required for caring for sick or injured animals, as well as assisting with examination, diagnosis, and surgical procedures. Work in a profession where everyday is different whilst doing exactly what you love to do. As a Vet Nurse you'll work with animals ranging from pocket pets, birds, reptiles, companion animals and livestock or horses, and will have opportunities to work anywhere around our country and the world?

Certificate IV
National ID: O9505P
State ID: O9505P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Wildlife Care and Handling

Learn how to handle wildlife safely.

If you love to care for wildlife or a required to handle wildlife in your job role, this short course is for you.

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Learn how to handle wildlife safely.

In this short course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to identify requirements for caring for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. You'll learn how to safely capture and handle native wildlife whilst still maintaining personal safety and hygiene standards.

As part of your training you learn how to assess the condition of captured wildlife, how to use secure and humane methods to transport them. The course also covers important topics such as complying with legal requirements of capturing and handling wildlife and safety practices. 

Short course
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