About the course

About the course

Delivered in partnership with RSPCA at their Burwood East facility. Our animal studies course provides general training for those wanting to enter the animal care industry or those already working who want to further enhance their knowledge.

Primarily delivered online, our animal studies course offers classes in:

  • customer service
  • provision of product and service information
  • daily duties and animal care including feeding, hygiene and housing maintenance, grooming, and observing and ensuring animal safety and well-being

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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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 day. You'll be advised of this date when you register interest through the RSPCA.

Full time: 15 weeks

Your study pattern is 7 days of classes followed by 4 days of work placement at the RSPCA Burwood East. Classes and work placement are held on weekdays.

During work placement, you'll work in the animal shelter facility and the Veterinary Clinic. To meet all assessment requirements, you will commit to an extra 3-4 hours (estimated) of study per week. Teaching staff are available for one-on-one tutorial times one morning per week.

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

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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 to attend classes at the RSPCA East Burwood
  • willing to participate in the work placement


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 ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$499$2,493$5,773
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$328$328$328
Retain Course Items$54$54$54
Total Course Estimate$1,121$3,115$6,395
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,121$3,115$6,395

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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