Further your career in the animal care and management industry with this nationally recognised certificate III-level qualification.

Learn how to maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing with this Certificate III-level qualification in Animal Studies.

This course will give you practical, hands-on skills working with a range of animals and the chance to develop your skills in planning for and providing nutritional requirements for animals, maintaining and monitoring animal health and wellbeing, and complying with infection control policies and procedures in animal work.

You’ll be able to gain practical experience administering medication and managing treatments for animals (under supervision), as well as learn how to undertake research and provide information on animal products and services.

Throughout the course, you will hear from a range of guest speakers and participate in excursions covering a range of specialist aspects of the animal care industry.

You’ll spend time at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary observing the life cycles and reproductive management of Tasmanian devils, and also undertake training in how to care for orphaned native wildlife – including tube feeding native birds and correct bottle feeding techniques for marsupials. You’ll also have the opportunity to research and develop your own animal enrichment project and record observations and undertake a work placement at a variety of animal industry locations including native animal parks, animal welfare centres and veterinary clinics. Electives vary for this course due to the regional focus of local business and industry partners. If you are undertaking this course in the north of the state, you will focus on providing basic care for domestic cats, dogs, birds and mammals, and provide enrichment and basic care for animals and young animals in a domestic context. In the south, your focus will centre on native animals – providing basic care of birds, common native mammals and non-venomous reptiles, as well as providing enrichment for animals and care for young animals.

On successful completion of this course you will be prepared to seek employment in a wide range of fields including animal control and regulation, animal technology, captive/native animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

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Career opportunities

  • Animal Care Receptionist or Support Officer
  • Animal Control and Regulation Assistant
  • Animal Rescue Officer
  • Animal Shelter Assistant
  • Assistant Animal Welfare Officer
  • Captive Animal Keeper
  • Companion Animal Service Industry Worker
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo or Native Animal Park Keeper

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Career opportunities

  • Animal Care Receptionist or Support Officer
  • Animal Control and Regulation Assistant
  • Animal Rescue Officer
  • Animal Shelter Assistant
  • Assistant Animal Welfare Officer
  • Captive Animal Keeper
  • Companion Animal Service Industry Worker
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo or Native Animal Park Keeper