Through our animal technology course, you will gain industry knowledge and learn the practical skills required to work as an animal technician in a medical research facility or similar establishment.

As an animal technician, you will work with animals every day and be responsible for their care and welfare. In this course, you will gain knowledge about:

  • how to ensure the well-being of animals
  • routine animal husbandry
  • basic non-surgical techniques
  • the use of anaesthesia in animals
  • animal breeding

To deepen your understanding of theory and to gain practical experience, work placement within the Box Hill Institute animal facility will be completed during your first year.

National Code ACM30217
Study Areas Animal Technology
Animal Studies
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 9 months 

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,430.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $486.00
Full Tuition Fee $10,530.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,085.40
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

Febuary 2019

Full time: 9 months

Box Hill

You must have:

  • completed Year 10 or equivalent
  • the physical ability to perform practical work placement in industry
  • 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.

Pathways into the qualification

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • direct entry
  • after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • vocational training, work experience or skills recognition.

VTAC and 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

Job roles and titles covered by this qualification include:

  • animal technician
  • laboratory animal technician
  • technical officer
  • field technician

A total of 18 units of competency must be achieved as specified below

  • complete 12 core 
  • complete 6 electives
Last updated: February 22, 2019 01:08pm