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


National Code ACM50117
Study Areas Animal Technology
Animal Studies
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT & PT: 2 years, (FT first year PT second year)

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $7,896.00
Full Tuition Fee $13,066.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,607.40
Retain Course Items*** $100.00

* 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

October 2019 (after the completion of Certificate III in Animal Technology) 

Full time: 2 years  - and a minimum of 15 months after completion of Certificate III in Animal Technology  

Box Hill

There are no entry requirements 

Certificate III in Animal technology is recommended but not essential 


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 can apply into the Bachelor of Animal & Veterinary Biosciences at La Trobe University (you may be eligible to receive up to 120 credit points towards articulation). Following this degree, you can apply for entry into veterinary science or alternative degree based courses.

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 5

Job roles covered by this qualification may include:

  • animal technology manager
  • facility manager
  • animal technologist
  • animal house manager
  • supervising animal technician

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 23 units of competency:

  • 15 core units plus
  • 8 elective units
Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:58pm