Agriculture and Science

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

Have you already completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies?

If you answered “yes” – then ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies might be just the course for you!

Studying animal care at TasTAFE could see you working in wildlife parks, veterinary clinics or even mainland zoos.

In this course, you will learn about skills and knowledge required for work in the Animal Care and Management industry, including animal control and regulation, animal shelters, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

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.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include an entry point into industry in the following areas:

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

Animal studies covers a wide range of jobs and roles that form part of the broader animal care and management industry. Some areas where students may find employment include:

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 anaesthesia, 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.

Dates and Times

Clarence Campus (based at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary)

  • Next Intake: 2019
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest for the 2019 intake

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake: May 2019 – November 2019
  • Duration:  2 -3 days per week, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 9am – 3.30pm
  • Information Session:  Tuesday, 27 November 2018 – 12pm – 1.30pm
    • Venue: Room H1.17, H Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest for the 2019 intake

Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Information Session: 26 – 30 November, 2018: Open Foyer, anytime between 10am – 4pm.
    • Venue:  E Block, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest

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

Alternative programs on offer are AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture and AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.

Learning Options

Learning activities include:

  • Researching and providing information on animal products and services such as enclosure design, health issues and nutrition
  • Researching and developing their own animal enrichment project and recording observations.
  • Observing the life cycles and reproductive management of Tasmanian devils on site at Bonorong
  • Undertake training in how to care for orphaned native wildlife including tube feeding native birds and correct bottle feeding techniques for marsupials
  • Participating in case study animals by administering medication and managing treatments under supervision.
  • Work placement at a variety of animal industry locations including native animal parks, animal welfare centres and Veterinary clinics
  • Guest speakers and excursions covering specialist aspects of the animal care industry


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Students will need to provide the following:

  • Protective clothing which includes long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots

Other Fees

Excursion  –  $200


To enrol in this program you will need:

  • Successful completion of ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or an equivalent qualification.
  • basic literacy, numeracy and communication skills
  • an interest in Animals and enjoy working outdoors
  • reasonable level of fitness and good people skills
  • punctuality and attendance
  • organisational and time management skills
  • some basic animal handling skills

Qualification Requirements

 A total of twelve (12) units of competency must be achieved consisting of 7 core units and 5 elective units.


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