Course Description

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. And as the popularity of pets continues to rise, so too does the need for qualified workers with the right skills to keep pets happy and healthy.

The ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies will qualify you to work in a pet store, shelter, kennel or cattery.

Please note that on 12th April 2021, this course was superseded and replaced by ACM20121 - Certificate II in Animal Care. You can still enrol, however at the moment, the new course is not yet available. Open Colleges will communicate with you in due course once the new course is available.

What you’ll learn

  • Learn the ins and outs of the animal care industry, and how to work alongside both animals and people.

  • Get a handle on the administrative side of working in the animal care industry and how to maintain records, provide reception services and communicate with colleagues.

  • From proper feeding to correct hygiene practices, understand the key necessities of animal care.

  • Gain the skills to respond appropriately to an emergency and provide basic first aid to animals.

Why study this course?

  • If you love animals and are passionate about promoting their welfare, then a job in animal care could be perfect for you. This course will provide an excellent foundation for your career in animal care.

  • Gain first-hand experience in the animal care industry with 80 hours of structured workplace learning.

  • Learn from Trainers and Assessors who ae passionate about the industry and have years of experience.

  • As this is an online course, you can enjoy the flexibility and convenience of being able to fit your study around your schedule.

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

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Animal Attendant (Veterinary Clinic)
  • Animal Care Attendant (Animal Shelter)
  • Assistant Animal Groomer
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Pet Shop Attendant