Would you like to look after all creatures, great and small? You can use our animal studies course to get started in the animal care industry. We’ve designed this course to give you exposure to companion animal services.

In this course, you’ll learn the basic skills and knowledge of animal care including animal health management, nutrition, hygiene and develop communication skills. We also recommend that you complete the optional 5 day work placement to gain practical experience.

National Code ACM30117
Study Areas Animal Studies
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 1 year
PT: available on request

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses City, Box Hill, Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,810.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $362.00
Full Tuition Fee $6,510.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $587.50
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* 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

 February 2019 

July 2019

Full time: 1 year (3 hours, 1 evening per week at Lilydale Lakeside or CAE)

Full time: 1 year (1 day per week at Elgar)

Part time: available on request

City, Box Hill, Lilydale

You must have:

  • successfully completed year 10 or equivalent
  • the physical ability to successfully perform practical work
  • supply evidence of your current tetanus vaccination


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for entry into the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as an animal attendant in a range of animal care industries, including:

  • veterinary clinics
  • pet shops
  • boarding facilities
  • shelters

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 12 units of competency (including 7 core units and 5 elective units). 

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:54pm