Delivered in partnership with RSPCA Burwood East, this animal studies course provides general training for people wanting to work in an animal care industry and pursue further studies in this area.

This intensive course has a large online component. There is an element of customer service, as well as providing information on products and services.

Instruction on daily duties and care will include: feeding, maintaining hygiene and housing, grooming, 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.

National Code ACM20117
Study Areas Animal Studies
Study Level Certificate II
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Full time: 15 weeks

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,194.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $439.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,474.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $328.00
Retain Course Items*** $34.50

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 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.

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

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

In 2019 the course group dates will be as follows:
RS1 - 04/02/2019 - 03/05/2019
RS2 - 23/05/2019 - 19/07/2019
RS3 - 16/07/2019 - 11/10/2019
RS4 - 02/09/2019 - 25/11/2019

Please note that before each group commences there will be an orientation day which is mandatory to attend. You will be advised of when that date is when you register your 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 will work in the animal shelter facility and the Veterinary Clinic. To meet all assessment requirements, you will commit to an extra 3 to 4 hours (estimated) of study per week. Teaching staff are available for one-on-one tutorial times one morning per week.


You must be:

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

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

You may find employment as an animal care or shelter attendant, kennel hand, cattery or pet shop attendant or assistant dog groomer.

Completion of 12 units of competency (including 7 core and 5 elective).

Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:04pm