About the course

About the course

This program provides you with the basic skills and knowledge in order to become an animal carer. You will learn how to care for a variety of animals and provide information on companion animals, products and services.

You will gain the practical skills and basic knowledge you need for entry–level work in the animal care industry. You will learn how to assist with general animal care, provide food and water for animals and follow occupational health and safety procedures in the workplace.

You will undertake work in our animal facility throughout the year giving you the opportunity to work with mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and reptiles. You will also have dogs and cats regularly attend class for practical training.

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Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm – Box Hill, City or Lilydale, Mt Eliza SC*.

City campus students will be required to attend the Box Hill campus 6 times over the year to complete practical assessments.

All students will attend 2 full practical sessions off site.

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12. A tetanus vaccination is required for entry into the course. This course involves both practical and written assessments and students will be required to complete work at home between classes. Students must have the physical ability to be able to safely handle small and larger animals, clean animal enclosures and prepare food. A suitable laptop or tablet device is required as many written assessments will be completed in class.


You may wish to apply for entry into courses such as:

  • Certificate III in Animals Studies (ACM30117)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418)
  • Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50117)
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Career Outcomes

This course may provide you with entry level employment in animal rescue centres, pet retail shops, welfare organisations and veterinary clinics, etc.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of up to two units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117) will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR. (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four).
  • The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
  • Further information on the ATAR can be found on the VTAC website

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA strongly recommends 80 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

Closed toe shoes must be worn when working with animals.

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