Course Description

The Pathway is perfect for people with no experience in animal care because it combines the foundational Certificate II in Animal Studies with the more advanced Certificate III in Captive Animals course. This means that you get a thorough education, and a great foundation of knowledge from which you can build a solid career in zoo keeping.

During your studies you will learn:

  • How to work and communicate effectively within the animal care industry, work within WHS guidelines, and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Look after animal nutrition and hygiene and assist in the healthcare of animals.
  • Provide basic first aid for animals, prepare and maintain animal housing, and assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals.
  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing, provide enrichment activities, and identify and report signs of ill health or injury.
  • How to specifically care for young animals, native animals and non-venomous reptiles.
  • Prepare and present information to the public.

Two work placement modules included in the Pathway mean that you get to put your knowledge to work in a real world zoo, veterinary surgery, wildlife park, mobile zoo, theme park or aquarium of your choosing.

Studying the Captive Animals Pathway online with Open Colleges means there are no classrooms and no deadlines. You can fit learning around your life, and study whenever you want, wherever you want.

You will save a significant amount of money by combining the two Certificates in one Pathway program, as opposed to studying them separately.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region.

 

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Assistant Zoo Keeper
  • Trainee Zoo Keeper
  • Wildlife Animal Carer
Course number E1184
Qualification name
  • ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals
Course duration Maximum 36 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Matching answers , Multiple choice questions, Short-answer questions, Workplace assessments, Written reports
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Physical requirements

Ability to lift approximately 15 kgs.

Video assessments

As part of the assessment for some units, you will be required to produce a video of yourself performing certain tasks. Some of these videos may involve another person.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Introduction to the animal care industry

Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • Plan and prepare to work safely
  • Conduct work safely
  • Participate in OHS consultative activities
  • Follow emergency response procedures
  • Follow routine spoken messages
  • Perform workplace duties following routine written notices
  • Obtain and provide information in response to workplace requirements
  • Complete relevant work-related documents
  • Participate in workplace meetings and discussions
  • Plan and prepare to work safely
  • Conduct work safely
  • Participate in OHS consultative activities
  • Follow emergency response procedures
  • Identify current resource use
  • Comply with environmental regulations
  • Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental hazards

Care for animals

Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • Prepare for feeding
  • Feed and water animals
  • Complete the feeding and watering process
  • Confirm workplace animal care routine schedules
  • Check animals
  • Maintain a clean workplace
  • Complete hygiene practices for animals
  • Complete post-hygiene care of animals
  • Identify commonly available dogs
  • Identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs
  • Handle and restrain dogs
  • Assist with health care needs
  • Feed dogs
  • Maintain records
  • Assist in capture of animals
  • Assist in assessment of animals
  • Assist in treatment of animals

Client and customer support

Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • Assess the situation
  • Assist in assessment of animals
  • Complete reception services
  • Maintain office records
  • Provide basic animal care assistance
  • Maintain records
  • Identify information requirements
  • Provide information
  • Read and interpret product labels
  • Gather information on products and services
  • Profile nominated animal physiological features relevant to health and application of treatments
  • Take an animal history

Work effectively

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Work effectively within a captive animal facility 
  • Comply with captive animal interaction policies and procedures
  • Identify and handle animals humanely
  • Communicate effectively

Prepare animal housing

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Prepare housing appropriate to a particular species
  • Implement animal housing maintenance routines
  • Maintain enclosure hygiene and appearance

Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Plan the capture and restraint of animals
  • Capture and restrain animals
  • Assist with animal transportation requirements

Animal enrichment, welfare and nutrition

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Follow animal  health management practices
  • Monitor and maintain the physical wellbeing of animals
  • Identify and report signs of ill health or injury in animals
  • Administer and record animal treatments
  • Observe and record animal behaviour
  • Assist with managing undesirable animal behaviour 
  • Implement enrichment programs 
  • Identify nutritional requirements  of animals
  • Evaluate food sources and calculate dietary requirements
  • Prepare diets and provide food and water
  • Monitor feeding and watering practices

Workplace health, safety and sustainability

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Plan and conduct work safely
  • Support others in working safely
  • Contribute to OHS participative processes
  • Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities
  • Participate in the control of OHS emergency situations

Caring for native mammals

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Identify commonly available native mammals
  • Identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs
  • Catch, handle and restrain native mammals
  • Assist with health care needs
  • Feed native mammals
  • Maintain records

Caring for nonvenomous mammals

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Identify commonly available reptiles
  • Identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs
  • Approach and handle reptiles
  • Assist with health care needs
  • Feed and water reptiles
  • Maintain records

Monitoring animal reproduction

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Facilitate reproduction
  • Monitor breeding animals during the period of reproduction
  • Prepare and assist with birth or hatching

 

  • Identify and assist with animal care needs
  • Monitor health and nutrition requirements for young animals
  • Identify animal keeping information systems and software
  • Identify, collect, record and interpret data
  • Assist with collection management 
  • Interpret population management practices and principles

Collection management and presentation skills

Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • Prepare a presentation
  • Conduct presentation
  • Participate in other interpretive and learning activities
  • Assist in media presentations 
  • Write institutional husbandry guidelines
  • Review and maintain husbandry guidelines

 

 

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Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.


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Work Placement

Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with these organisation(s):

Zambi Wildlife Retreat is Australia's first and only animal welfare establishment that can rescue, rehabilitate, re-home and offer shelter to a wide range of species such as exotic animals needing retirement from zoo breeding programs, circus and private ownership and domestics, farm animals and native wildlife. 

Endorsement

This course is endorsed by:

Zambi Wildlife Retreat is Australia's first and only animal welfare establishment that can rescue, rehabilitate, re-home and offer shelter to a wide range of species such as exotic animals needing retirement from zoo breeding programs, circus and private ownership and domestics, farm animals and native wildlife. 

The course contains a minimum of 160 hours of work placement

A work placement is a highly stimulating and rewarding part of the course. It will enable you to participate in a real workplace and put into practice the new skills and knowledge that you are learning in the course.

You will be required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours in the workplace for the Certificate II in Animal Studies and a minimum of 80 hours for the Certificate III in Captive Animals in an animal care environment.

 

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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