About the course

About the course

Turn your love of animals into a career with our 16 week animal studies course where you'll gain a practical understanding of daily animal care duties including feeding, hygiene and housing, grooming, and observing and ensuring animal safety and wellbeing.

We deliver this course in partnership with RSPCA. Students learn from, and are assessed by, experienced and knowledgeable teaching staff from both Box Hill Institute and RSPCA Burwood.

This course is an excellent way to fast track any animal industry career.  It provides general training for those wanting to enter the animal care industry or those already working who want to further enhance their knowledge in areas such as:

  • customer service
  • animal health
  • animal first aid
  • animal behaviour
  • nutrition
  • hygiene
  • grooming
  • provision of product and service information

Practical work will involve working hands on with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs, rats, goats, horses and cows.

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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

Visit RSPCA Certificate II in Animal Studies for more information about start dates.

Please note: before each group commences, there is a mandatory orientation process. Stage 1 Orientation takes place self-paced and online, Stage 2 Orientation and Induction takes place face-to-face at the RSPCA. You will be advised of the dates and details of these when you begin your application for enrolment.

Full time: 16 weeks 

Your study pattern is 10 days of classes, where 5 are delivered on campus and 5 are delivered remotely. These teaching sessions are followed by 6 practical sessions at RSPCA Burwood and one practical session at Box Hill Institute Elgar campus. Classes and assessments are held on weekdays. Teaching staff are also available for study groups/tutorial sessions once per week.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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Career Outcomes

Once you've completed our animal studies course you may find employment as an animal care or shelter attendant, kennel hand, cattery or pet shop attendant, or assistant dog groomer.

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Entry Requirements

You must be:

  • at least 17 years old (parental/guardian consent is required for students under 18 years of age)
  • available for assessment days at RSPCA Burwood and Box Hill Institute Elgar campus
  • You must have a laptop with wifi capabilities and a functioning microphone and camera


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Pathways & Accreditation

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$517$2,583$5,966
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$328$328$328
Retain Course Items$54$54$54
Total Course Estimate$1,148$3,214$6,597
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,148$3,214$6,597

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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