Agriculture and Science

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

Do you enjoy working with animals, or are you passionate about starting a career in animal care?

If you answered ‘yes’, then ACM20117 – Certificate II in Animal Studies might be just the course for you!

In this course, you will learn about skills and knowledge required for work in the animal care and management industry, including:

  • general animal care including the provision of food, water, shelter and cleaning for a range of animals
  • safe handling of injured nature wildlife
  • researching and providing information on animal products and services such as enclosure design, species specific diet charts and common health issues
  • the opportunity to go on work placement at a variety of animal industry businesses including native animal parks, veterinary clinics animal welfare centres
  • grounds and enclosure maintenance
  • behind the scenes excursions to animal industry locations

This qualification is part of the Animal Care and Management Training Package. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

Animal studies covers a wide range of jobs and roles that form part of the broader animal care and management industry:

Animal Control and Regulation is a term used in local government circles to describe the procedures employed by councils throughout Australia to facilitate relationships between pets, their owners and the general community. The duties of an officer involve educating the public in responsible pet ownership, enforcing relevant legislation and regulations, maintaining pet on- and off-leash areas in their local areas, facilitating processes for pet access as well as minimising pet nuisance.

Animal Technology   Animal technicians are employed in a variety of roles, generally related to science and research in education, health, government and private sectors with a wide cross-section of animal species. Animal technicians at a junior level are generally employed for the care and husbandry of animals used in research, while senior animal technicians often move into highly specialised fields that require a high degree of autonomy and expertise in areas such as management, surgery, techniques or research.

Captive Animals   The Captive Animal Industry involves animals that are held in captivity in traditional and open range zoos, wildlife parks, theme parks and sanctuaries. It also covers wildlife carers who may rescue and care for animals. The persons employed to take care of animals in captivity are typically known as keepers or zookeepers. There are generally four levels of keepers in this industry including keepers in training or keepers who have specialised in particular aspects of zoo keeping, and keepers in charge or those operating at management level.

The typical duties of a keeper include the daily care of a large variety of animals from all over the world including feeding, maintaining hygiene, maintaining enclosures and exhibits, having direct contact, observing animals and ensuring their safety. They also involve contact with the public through keeper talks and/or information sessions.

Companion Animal Services   The Companion Animal Services industry embraces a wide range of diverse, and in many cases, highly specialised operations. These include small-scale cottage industry businesses supplying to a small local niche market, through to multinational manufacturers of pet foods supplying mass-market grocery retailers. The duties of companion animal workers vary across the different service sectors and may include the daily care of a variety of animals including feeding, maintaining hygiene, maintaining housing, grooming, observing animals and ensuring their safety. They also involve contact with the public through providing information on products and services.

Veterinary Nursing   Veterinary Nurses provide support to veterinarians, mostly in private companion animal and mixed practices. Veterinary nurses perform a diversity of tasks under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian. The most common include monitoring anesthesia, nursing hospitalized patients, sweeping and cleaning, administering treatments, selling medication and pet care products, sterilising equipment, making appointments, developing radiographs, giving nutritional advice and assisting in consultations.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Zoo or Native Animal Park
  • The Companion Animal Service Industry
  • Animal Rescue
  • Animal Control and Regulation
  • Animal Technology
  • Captive Animals

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, dates and times

Clarence Campus (based at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary)

  • Next Intakes:  4 February 2020
  • Venue: Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane

Information Sessions:

Clarence Monday, 25 November 2019, 11am to 12pm
Room K2.04, K Block, 4A Bounty Street, Warrane
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Clarence Monday, 25 November 2019, 5pm to 6pm
Room K2.04, K Block, 4A Bounty Street, Warrane
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Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  February 2020
  • Venue:  Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham

Information Session:

Alanvale Monday, 25 November 2019, 10am to 12pm
H1.17, H Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Learning Options

Learning activities include:

  • General animal care including the provision of food, water and shelter for a range of animals
  • Animal rescue
  • Assisting with surgery preparations
  • Providing information on companion animals products and services
  • The support of native animal parks, veterinary clinics and RSPCA centres and zoos

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following:

  • Safety boots
  • Work gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Raincoat

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Basic literacy, numeracy and communication skills
  • An interest in Animals and enjoy working outdoors
  • Reasonable level of fitness
  • Good people skills
  • Punctuality and attendance
  • Some basic animal handling skills


Your suitability and support needs will be evaluated during a conversation with one of our teachers and/or by answering some written questions. This will help us to determine what, if any, additional support may be needed or to provide you with further career path advice.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


ACM20117 – Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Qualification Requirements

 A total of twelve (12) units of competency must be achieved consisting of 8 core units and 4 elective units.

Electives may vary in each region.

NORTH, Alanvale Campus

  • ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
  • ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
  • ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals


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