About the course

About the course

Caring for and training our furry friends can be a fun and rewarding career. In our companion animal course you’ll learn how to provide daily care for companion animals or pets.

As you learn about animal behaviour and training, health and well-being, and nutrition and enrichment, you’ll also:

  • acquire practical handling skills across a range of different species
  • develop essential understanding of animal welfare, and workplace health and safety procedures within an animal care environment
  • gain the knowledge to enter the companion animal industry in a variety of professional roles in basic training facilities, animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet shops and other companion animal organisations
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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February 2019 (Elgar and Lilydale campus) 

July 2019 (Elgar Campus Only)

Full time: 12 months 

Part time: approximately 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

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

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Career Outcomes

Our companion animal course positions you to apply for a range of employment opportunities in pet retail, pet boarding facilities, retail aquariums, animal rescue centres, animal training facilities and welfare organisations. Our course will also provide you with thefoundation skills required for other animal-related industries such as animal technology and veterinary nursing.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

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


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.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Following successful completion of our animal companion course you can apply to study animal technology or other animal-related courses at a higher level.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

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$544$2,720$9,520
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$911$911$911
Retain Course Items$60$60$60
Total Course Estimate$1,755$3,931$10,731
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,755$3,931$10,731

* 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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