Course Description

Get the skills, knowledge and professional qualification you need to work in an animal shelter, pound or pet store, with Open Colleges’ Companion Animal Services Pathway.

This unique pathway contains two nationally recognised qualifications in animal care:

  • ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Awarded by TAFE NSW)
  • ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (Awarded by Open Colleges)

What you'll learn

  • This companion animal services course is perfect for beginners because it will teach you the fundamentals of animal care, allowing you to build up basic skills, before progressing you through more advanced skills and knowledge.

  • During your study you will learn to care for the nutritional needs of animals; as well as basic grooming and hygiene, animal handling, welfare and enrichment. You’ll also learn about animal behaviour. 

Why study this course?

  • This courseincludes a 125-hour work placement. This means that you get to put your learning into practice in a real animal care facility of your choosing.

  • This companion animals course combines two qualifications, the ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies and the ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Studies. This means that you bundle your learning, and graduate with two formal qualifications – giving you an edge when you come to find work in the competitive animal care job market.

  • If you are looking to break into vet nursing or management roles within a pet store or animal shelter, this qualification may open the doors to more advanced study, including the ACM40310 Certificate IV in Companion Animals and the ACM40412​ Certificate IV in Vet Nursing

  • With Open Colleges, you can fit learning flexibly around your life. There are no classrooms, and no set timetables and exams. You access your learning materials and assessments online, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits you.

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
  • Pet Exerciser
  • Pet Shop Employee