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, animal 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


Full time: 12 months 

This is the last time this course will be delivered 

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

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 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 the foundation 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 and COVID 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.


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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 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 4

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$2,822$9,792$564
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$911$911$911
Retain Course Items$60$60$60
Total Course Estimate$4,042$11,012$1,784
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$4,042$11,012$1,784

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 2022 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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