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Certificate III in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM30117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30117-01V01-20YLH-021

Location – Yallah

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care workplace.

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.

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Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time: 9.00am till 12.00pm
Location: Yallah, Building A, Level 1, Room AF11

This is a Blended Part-Time Day course. Attendance at Yallah on Mondays in your second semester may be required depending on your previous studies. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class, over 1 day per week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 11 hours of other study per week.

You are also required to complete approximately 16 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including a minimum of 8 hours of work experience (paid or voluntary) in the Animal Care industry. This will need to be confirmed prior to acceptance into the course.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Students that are interested in employment in the Animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.
    New Entrants to industry, existing workers wishing to receive a base qualification, school leavers and people returning to work

    Alongside your course work you are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours per week of work experience (paid or voluntary) within the animal care industry. Practical skills are a key component to this course. Timetabled classes and workshops at our purpose built animal care facility at Yallah Campus - just down the road from Wollongong - can support students in practising skills but do not replace the requirement for work experience in an appropriate animal care facility. Students who are intending to progress to a Veterinary Nursing course will need some access to a Veterinary Hospital for the skills component of some units.

    This course contains units focused specifically on Veterinary Nursing providing you with the skills and knowledge needed when starting off your career as a Veterinary Nurse and it will give you credits towards your Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse Certificate.
    Potential careers from this course can include Animal care attendant in a Cattery, Boarding Kennel facility, Pet store or Shelters, Animal Rescue Assistant, Zoo and wildlife parks plus Veterinary Hospitals.

    This is a Certificate III level course. Skills to study effectively include the ability to work on projects and or in a team, research information, follow instructions and communicate effectively.

    We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

    As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

    • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

Attendance will be Tuesday 8.30am till 3.00pm at TAFE NSW Yallah Campus, Building A, Level 1, Room AF11.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

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For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET201 Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Animal care receptionist and support officer
Animal control and regulation assistant
Animal health officer on indigenous communities
Animal shelter assistant
Assistant animal welfare officer

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Course Location

138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

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