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!

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.

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.

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:

Locations, dates and times

Clarence Campus (based at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary)

  • Next Intake:  5 February 2020

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:   25 May 2020
  • Venue:  Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham

Information Session:

Alanvale Monday, 25 November 2019, 2pm – 4pm
H1.17, H Block, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham
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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

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.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

North Only:  An excursion cost of $200

Essential Requirements

To enrol in this program you will need:

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 and good people skills
  • punctuality and attendance
  • organisational and time management skills
  • some basic animal handling skills


Find out if this is the right course for you by having 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.

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.


ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies.

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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