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ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

National ID: ACM20117 State ID: BDN2
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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.

Some things you'll learn:

  • How to work in the animal care industry
  • To complete animal care hygiene routines
  • To provide basic first aid for animals
  • Reception services for an animal care facility 
  • To assist with surgery preparation

This course is right for you if...

  • You have good communication, listening and critical thinking skills
  • You handle noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable
  • You are able to make good decisions and solve problems
  • You enjoy learning about biology
  • You enjoy planning and prioritising work
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

Please note: This qualification is in transition, and the course code is subject to change.


Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate III in Animal Studies.

Job opportunities include: 

  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer
  • Animal Care Receptionist and Support Officer
  • Animal Control and Regulation Assistant
  • Animal Health Officer in Indigenous Communities
  • Assistant Animal Welfare Officer 

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook or Jobs and Skills WA

Please note: This list is a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here. (opens in a new tab)

Study options and how to apply

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Available all year round, 2022

Northam - Self Paced External


Please note: A work placement of 120 hours must be undertaken as part of this course. 

Many of our courses offer flexible learning options that provide you with the opportunity to study WHENEVER and WHEREVER suits you.  Typically, flexible, and self-paced options are part-time and open for enrolment all year round, allowing you to start, enrol and study continuously. 

Once you enrol into your chosen units, you will have six (6) months from the date of your enrolment to complete your study.

Duration 6 Months
When Available all year round, 2022
Where Northam
How Self Paced External


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