About the course

About the course

Would you like to look after all creatures, great and small?

If so, you can use our animal studies course to get started in the animal care industry. We’ve also designed our course to give you exposure to companion animal services.

In our animal studies course you’ll learn the basic skills and knowledge important for animal care including:

  • animal health management
  • nutrition
  • hygiene 
  • specific animal-care communication skills

We also recommend you complete the optional 5 day work placement to gain practical experience.

This course will be delivered both face to face and MS teams used for remote classes 

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Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year (3 hours, 1 evening per week at Lilydale Lakeside or Elgar campus) or 6 months (2 evenings per week at Lilydale and Elgar campus)

Full time: 1 year (1 day per week at Elgar campus) or 6 months (2 days per week at Elgar)

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

Our animal care course will equip you with the skills to apply for a range of animal-care employment opportunities in businesses such as:

  • veterinary clinics
  • pet shops
  • boarding facilities
  • shelters
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Entry Requirements

You must have:

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

You will require access to a computer with WIFI capabilities, a microphone and camera to attend remote classes 


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.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion of our animal care course, you may wish to apply for entry into the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

This course may be used as a pre-requisite qualification for Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

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$398$1,992$6,792
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$432$432$432
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,079$2,673$7,473
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,079$2,673$7,473

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 2021 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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