Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course code: ACM20117

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is a general, pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point into the industry. This course is designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge to become an animal carer while studying at a secondary school level.

This course will also assist students in making an informed decision as to whether or not they would like to pursue a career within the animal industry. This course will be complete in one year.

Consider this course if you:

  • Enjoy caring for animals
  • Are interested in the science of animals
  • Enjoy working in a small team
  • Are caring and compassionate
  • Like to understand how things work

For more information about this course, download the Information Booklet.

  • Sample competencies covered in Units 1 – 4 include:
    • Work in the animal care industry
    • Complete animal care hygiene routines
    • Feed and water animals
    • Provide enrichment for animals
    • Provide basic first aid for animals
    • Provide information on companion animals, products and services

Box Hill Institute (Elgar and City Campuses) *Students attending the City Campus will have to travel to the Elgar Campus for practical classes
Kangan Institute (Richmond Campus)

Box Hill Institute
RTO Number: 4687

Kangan Institute
RTO Number: 3077

Box Hill (Elgar and City Campus)
Units 1&2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Unist 3&4 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Box Hill (Online Delivery ) 
Units 1&2 | Tuesdays | 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Kangan Institute (Richmond Campus)
Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.45pm – 5.45pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 1.45pm – 5.45pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

80 hours of work placement (normally over two years) is strongly recommended.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET Courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Students may be eligible to receive recognition of up to four units of credit: two units at the Units 1 & 2 level, and two units at the Units 3 & 4 level.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies). Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Pet Groomer
  • Shelter Worker
  • Kennel/Cattery Attendant
  • Animal Attendant
  • Pet Shop Worker
  • Community Animal Care or Farm Worker

Students are required to have a current tetanus vaccination. A copy of their tetanus vaccination will also need to be supplied to [email protected] before the commencement of the course.