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Animal Care and Horse Industry courses offer students a chance to explore their passions and learn how to provide valuable animal health care.

Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to handle, train and care for animals in any situation.

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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Course code: ACM30410

This course is for people wanting to work with animals within a companion animal institution such as a pet shop, aquarium, animal shelter, kennels or cattery. It is also suitable for those already employed in the care and husbandry of companion animals. Job roles include pet shop attendant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, assistant grooming attendant. The course helps you develop the skills needed to perform the duties of a companion animal attendant. It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a companion animal workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work placement or work experience. By completing this course you will be able to maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing, maintain hygiene and infection control and provide basic care to a range of companion animals. You will also acquire the skills necessary for contact with the public to provide information on products and services. Pathways from this course include the ACM40310 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or qualifications in animal technology, captive animals or veterinary nursing.

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Course code: ACM30417

This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating within a companion animal organisation. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course code: ACM20117

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the relevant state or territory jurisdiction for details.

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course code: ACM20110

This course is for people wanting to gain experience in working with animals. It is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet shop. The course enables you to develop skills and knowledge required for the care and maintenance of animals in a variety of workplaces. You will learn about the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors. Whilst undertaking this course it is highly recommended that you seek to gain a period of work experience in an animal care workplace. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and experience what it is like to work with others in an animal care facility. By completing the course, you will be able to catch and handle a range of animals, feed and water animals, complete animal care hygiene routines, assist in the health care of animals and communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues. Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal studies animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

Certificate III in Animal Studies

Course code: ACM30110

This course is for people wanting to increase their experience in working with animals. It is a general animal care qualification to prepare you for job roles such as an animal care receptionist/support officer, animal control and regulation assistant, animal shelter assistant, animal health officer on indigenous communities or an assistant animal welfare officer. The course enables you to build on your animal care skills and knowledge and extend your experience in a variety of workplaces. Whilst undertaking this course it is highly recommended that you seek to gain a period of work experience in an animal care workplace. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and increase your experience working with others in an animal care facility. By completing the course, you will be able to complete animal care hygiene routines, maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing, plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals and comply with infection control policies in animal work. Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

Certificate III in Captive Animals

Course code: ACM30317

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at pre-trade level and undertaking animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution. Job roles covered by this qualification may include: No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

TAFE Plus Statement in Natural Therapies For Animals - Massage

Course code: 162-27462V01

This course introduces participants to the concept of natural therapies for animals and highlights how natural therapies practices can benefit their animal. It also shows how it may be applied in the animal care workplace.

TAFE Plus Statement in Natural Therapies for Animals - Hydrotherapy

Course code: 162-29175V01

In this course you will learn about the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs. Hydrotherapy is effective for improving strength, range of motion, agility and psychological well-being. It also assists in reducing pain. Discover why it is so good for dogs to swim, whether it is for recuperation from injuries and operations, on an exercise program to lose weight, or improve their cardiovascular fitness or purely to swim for leisure and enjoyment. Almost every muscle of the anatomy is exercised whilst avoiding impact to joints and bones. Bring your dog along for this fun hands-on class. Classes will be held at the Londonderry Hydrotherapy Centre. Assist your dog to swim in a heated specialised canine hydrotherapy pool. With qualifications from the National College of Traditional Medicine, your teacher will show you how to keep your pets healthy - by keeping it natural. Course requirements: Please bring your dog on a lead. You will need to have suitable clothes/swimmers for swimming - preferably a long sleeve rashie or top to protect against scratches, a towel for you and a towel for your dog. Please do not bring dogs with any medical condition or if you have any concerns about their health. This course is suitable for pet owners and vet nurses. Upon completion of this course you will be able to assist dogs in the hydrotherapy pool and have an understanding of hydrotherapy benefits and practice. There are no prerequisites for this course.

TAFE Statement in Care of the Senior Dog

Course code: 162-N50016V01

This workshop is designed to provide information to Vet Nurses and Professionals in the canine industries and Owners of aged dogs. The focus will be on caring for older/aged/disabled dogs using natural and physical therapies associated with giving such dogs a better quality of life, and maintaining conditions associated with aging.

Statement of Attainment in Pork Industry Stockperson Skill Set

Course code: AHCSS00052

This course is for individuals who are working as animal attendants in the pork production industry.

TAFE Plus Statement in Behaviour Modification and Rehab of Dogs and Cats

Course code: 162-28977V01

This one day intensive workshop introduces students to the field of domestic animal behavioural modification. This workshop demonstrates the techniques used by behaviourists and trainers to address common behavioural issues. This course only demonstrates and endorses positive reinforcement techniques and techniques endorsed by the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals. Students are encouraged to complete the seminars; Introduction to Canine Behaviour and Advanced Canine Behaviour and Solving Pet Behaviour Issues prior to attending this course. Covered footwear and sun protection is necessary. Your teacher for this workshop is a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse, animal trainer and zookeeper. She is an experienced animal behaviour expert who manages the behaviour department at a leading animal shelter in Sydney as well as having her own animal behaviour consultancy.

TAFE Plus Statement in Introduction To Canine Behaviour - Seminar

Course code: 162-28482V01

This is an introductory course in behaviour of dogs and how they communicate. This course is suitable for anyone working with dogs - vet nurses, dog owners, pet sitters or people considering a career in animal behaviour. This 3 hour seminar is presented by a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse and animal trainer/zookeeper.

TAFE Plus Statement in Canine Behaviour Assessment - Workshop

Course code: 162-28975V01

This one day intensive workshop is for people who want training in conducting Canine Behaviour Assessments and Temperament Testing. This course provides an overview on the processes involved in conducting behaviour assessment. This course does NOT attempt to qualify students to conduct Temperament Tests for Restricted Breeds for councils nor assessing for Dangerous Dog Orders. This workshop will include theory and practical hands-on components. Students will have completed a Canine Behaviour Assessment by the end of the workshop. Covered footwear and sun protection is necessary. Your teacher for this workshop is a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse, animal trainer and zookeeper. She is an experienced animal behaviour expert who manages the behaviour department at a leading animal shelter in Sydney as well as having her own animal behaviour consultancy. The seminars Introduction to Canine Behaviour (28482) and Advanced Canine Behaviour (28483) are pre-requisites to attending this workshop.

Certificate II in Agriculture

Course code: AHC20116

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture. The qualification enables individuals to select a livestock production, cropping or livestock context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed farming enterprises, both cropping and livestock. Individuals with this qualification carry out routine tasks under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include: - Assistant animal attendant/stockperson - Assistant farm or station hand - Assistant farm or station worker - Assistant farm or station labourer. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course code: ACM40412

This qualification is for people wanting to work with animals within a veterinary clinic or those already employed in the care of animals as a veterinary nurse. The qualification helps you develop the skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations under minimal supervision. Duties include patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography, pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care advice to the public. It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a veterinary workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work experience. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and increase your experience working with others in this field. By completing this qualification you will be able to work in a team environment with veterinarians and other veterinary nurses to supply quality care to a range of sick and injured animals. You will be able to work safely in a variety of locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor animal facilities.

Certificate IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services)

Course code: LGA40504

This course is a specialist regulatory services course for people who work in any area of local government. You will develop a broad range of local government skills to perform tasks to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices and provide some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills. In addition, you will learn how to perform a variety of administration and financial duties in a council. The course covers the regulatory services job area. If you work in a council and want to do this course, you should discuss it with your workplace trainer/supervisor. If you do not work in a council but want to do this course, speak to a TAFE NSW counsellor at the campus running this course for more information.

Statement of Attainment in Agricultural Chemical Skill Set

Course code: AHCSS00027

These units provide credit towards the following Certificates: AHC20116 Cert II in Agriculture; AHC20316 Cert II in Production Horticulture; AHC20416 Cert II in Horticulture; AHC20516 Cert II in Arboriculture; AHC20616 Cert II in Parks and Gardens; AHC20716 Cert II in Production Nursery; AHC20916 Cert II in Sports Turf Management; AHC21016 Cert II in Conservation and Land Management; AHC21116 Cert II in Irrigation; AHC21216 Cert II in Rural Operations; AHC21616 Cert II in Landscaping; AHC30116 Cert III in Agriculture; AHC30216 Cert III in Agriculture (Dairy Production); AHC30316 Cert III in Horse Breeding; AHC30416 Cert III in Pork Production; AHC30516 Cert III in Poultry Production; AHC30616 Cert III in Production Horticulture; AHC30716 Cert III in Horticulture; AHC30816 Cert III in Arboriculture; AHC30916 Cert III in Landscape Construction; AHC31016 Cert III in Parks and Gardens; AHC31116 Cert III in Production Nursery; AHC31216 Cert III in Retail Nursery; AHC31316 Cert III Turf Management; AHC31416 Cert III in Conservation and Land Management; AHC31516 Cert III in Indigenous Land Management; AHC31616 Cert III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife; AHC31716 Cert III in Natural Area Restoration; AHC31816 Cert III in Vertebrate Pest Management; AHC31916 Cert III in Weed Management; AHC32016 Cert III in Beekeeping; AHC32216 Cert III in Commercial Composting; AHC32316 Cert in Conservation Earthworks; AHC32416 Cert III in Irrigation; AHC32616 Cert III in Rural Machinery Operations; AHC32716 Cert III in Rural Merchandising; AHC32816 Cert III in Rural Operations; AHC40116 Cert IV in Agriculture; AHC40316 Cert IV in Production Horticulture; AHC40416 Cert IV in Horticulture; AHC40516 Cert IV in Parks and Gardens; AHC40616 Cert IV in Production Nursery; AHC40716 Cert IV in Retail Nursery; AHC40816 Cert IV in Sports Turf Management; AHC40916 Cert IV in Conservation and Land Management; AHC41016 Cert IV in Agribusiness; AHC41116 Cert IV in Irrigation

Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration)

Course code: RGR30308

This qualification reflects the role of persons who are responsible for organising their own work within known routines. Work responsibilities cover general office administration conducted under racing-specific protocols and procedures. A range of well-developed skills involving judgement and problem solving with some theoretical knowledge is required. While they may not be required to handle horses or greyhounds, employees with this qualification are often required to work close to race animals. For their own safety, the safety of others and the safety of animals, employees must be aware of potential risks and hazards associated with animal behaviour. RGR20308 Certificate II in Racing Services (Racing Administration) This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Certificate III in Food Processing

Course code: FBP30117

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for food processing workers employed in the following sectors: • grain processing (including stock feed, animal feeds, milling wheat, barley, oats and flour milling) • baking (including large scale production of cakes, pastry, bread, biscuits and plant baking) • retail baking • beverages (including juices, soft drinks, cordials, aerated and still waters, energy drinks and other modified beverages, such as vitamin and antioxidant beverages, coffee, tea and ice) • confectionery • dairy processing • fruit and vegetables • grocery products and supplies (including honey, jams, spreads, sauces, dressings, condiments, spices, edible oils and fats and pasta) • poultry. This qualification is designed for production related roles that require application of industry specific skills and knowledge across a range of processes, including some technical and problem solving ability. It caters for multi-skilled outcomes and roles that include team leader functions within the production environment. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, in accordance with State/Territory food safety, work health and safety and environmental codes, regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

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What job opportunities could an animal care or horse industry course lead to?

An animal care and horse industry course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from grooming show dogs to taming lions. Qualifications in animal care and horse industry can lead to a job as an animal trainer, zookeeper, veterinary nurse, wildlife carer or pet shop attendant. The average weekly salary for an animal trainer is $961.

Whether you're just starting out in your animal care and horse industry career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE courses in the area include Veterinary Nursing, Aquaculture, Pet Grooming, Animal Studies, Captive Animals, Farriery and Intensive Foal Nursing.