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ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

National ID: ACM20117 | State ID: BDN2

Do you have a passion for animals? Would you like to work with our furry and feathered friends?

This course provides a broad introduction to working with a range of animals in a variety of animal care workplaces with no previous experience necessary. This course will kick-start your amazing career with animals.

You will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • Learning fundamental animal care and handling methods
  • Developing team-work, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Catering for animal nutritional needs
  • Providing basic first aid to animals
  • Assisting with animal health care
  • Developing self-management and organisational techniques
  • Working with teams of people who are willing to help make a difference to the lives of our animal companions
  • Handling animals safely and confidently in a range of situations
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Observing, monitoring and recognising health issues in animals
  • Being able to assist in treating diseases and illness.

Entrance Requirements

Important information

Job opportunities

Study pathway

How to apply

Entrance Requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II
Important information

This course involves some physical work and students must be prepared to work outdoors and deal with dirty, smelly situations.

Personal requirements are:

  • Being passionate about animals and their welfare
  • Good communication skills and enjoy working with people
  • Able to work well in a team, enjoying practical and manual activities
  • Confidence and patience when working with animals
  • Able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work, and
  • Being observant and methodical.
Job opportunities

Completion of this qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work as a

  • Animal care attendant
  • Animal shelter attendant
  • Kennel hand
  • Cattery attendant
  • Pet shop attendant
  • Assistant grooming attendant
  • Pet exerciser
Study pathway

Further Study Opportunities

Central Regional TAFE has many further study opportunities available. Check out our Course Guide for all your future study options. 

How to apply
On Campus (Full-Time or Part-Time)
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Flexible and Other Study Types 
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Enrol in a short course or skill set by completing the form below, calling our student services team on 1800 672 700 or visiting your local campus.


Delivery location, important dates and study options

Training at CRTAFE will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a combination of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. While the mode of delivery may vary, the content and key learning outcomes of the course will remain the same. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken and the support available to them.

Semester 1, 2021

Geraldton Campus - Classroom Combined AHC21216


Fees and charges


Duration 1 semester/s
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Geraldton Campus
How Face to face (class room)
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Course enquiry

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Page last updated January 22, 2021