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
Certificate III in Animal Care Services
Do you love animals and want to work with dogs, cats and all creatures?
Learn from our expert team of lecturers who specialise in animal care and passionate about teaching and maintaining the highest standards of animal welfare. You will gain skills in interacting safely, providing animal first-aid, walking and bathing dogs, as well as grooming crossbreed dogs and companion animals according to breed and coat. Build your knowledge of how to provide care to a wide range of animal species including dogs, rodents, rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles.
This course is ideal if you wish to begin working in animal care, and if you’re already employed or volunteering in the industry, the course will give you a formal qualification to further develop your skillset and help advance further in your current workplace.
Turn your passion into a profession and start your career in animal care with this entry-level course. You will gain job ready skills needed to be employed in a broad range of roles in the animal care industry, such as:
- Animal Care
- Pet Grooming
- Dog Daycare
- Pet Boarding
- Dog Walking
- Pet Sitting
- Rescue Shelters
- Breeding Establishments
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.
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 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.
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.
Bird Watching Skill Set
This skill set reflects the role of individuals who support fishing operations in the fishing sector of the seafood industry. While undertaking Birdwatching training learners will gain the skills and knowledge to:
- Work effectively in the industry
- Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
- Participate in work health and safety processes
- Work safely
This skill set may be for, but not limited to:
- Those interested in wildlife and environmental monitoring
- Learners who wish to re-enter the workforce
- Clients wishing to change their career path or gain formal qualifications.
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.
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.
Fauna Handling Skill Set
Explore career paths that protect wildlife and promote biodiversity.
This short course is ideal for volunteers working for animal rescue groups, or similar outlooks. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge to observe, recognise and record fauna that are encountered when undertaking agricultural, horticultural and land management activities. Additional skills will include trapping and holding live animals for release, transportation or destruction.
Livestock Handling Skill Set
Set yourself up for livestock management
This skill set will provide the knowledge to understand and manage livestock such as cattle, sheep, horses and goats. It's the perfect introductory to our Agriculture and Livestock Management courses that are available, providing you with the stepping stones into further training opportunities.
Our Livestock Handling Skill Set will have you learning about:
- Handling livestock using basic techniques
- Administering medication
- Identifying and drafting livestock
- Complying with industry animal welfare requirements.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?