Course Type:
Accredited Course; VDSS
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell, Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre, Sale (Gtec)
2 years

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Course Overview

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for entry level and support roles in the animal care and management industry,  where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, boarding/day care facilities, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

The work activities are routine, performed under supervision and within clearly defined workplace guidelines.

If you love animals and the idea of working in an animal care role, this course is the ideal starting point.

The ACM20121 certificate in Animal Studies course is a nationally recognised qualification and the ideal first step to start your career path into the animal care industry. You will gain the skills and knowledge required to care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

During this course you will have the opportunity to build your professional networks through meeting other students and industry specialist guest speakers. Your learning will also be enhanced through excursions and industry visits. Learn through case studies, peer-to-peer learning and real life experiences under the guidance of our specialist trainers.

Entry Requirements

This course is for students undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM). Please contact your school for more information.
Recommended entry requirements:

It is recommended that students own or have access to a minimum of two (2) different species of animals in order to meet assessment requirements. Additionally some units of competency require students to have access to animals a varying life stages e.g. puppy and adult dog, in order to meet their learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes.

Limitations to entry:

Students must have access to a reliable internet connection.

Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. We recommend that this also includes a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).

This job role also requires candidates to have a good level of physical fitness to allow them to safely handle animals in the workplace. This includes the ability to bend, lift and be on their feet most of the day.

Proposed Units

ACMGEN204 Assist In Health Care Of Animals
BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
ACMGEN203 Feed And Water Animals
ACMGEN202 Complete Animal Care Hygiene Routines
ACMSPE320 Provide general care of mammals
ACMSPE316 Provide general care of domestic dogs
ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid
ACMGEN205 Source and provide information for animal care needs
ACMGEN201 Work in the animal care industry
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMSUS201 Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Clothing and Equipment

  • Solid, closed in shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Branded uniform shirt will be supplied
  • Students should bring their laptop they currently use for Secondary School to their VET DSS class


  • Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Potential Job Outcomes

  • Assistant animal care worker
  • Assistant animal shelter attendant
  • Assistant kennel hand
  • Assistant cattery attendant