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ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies


The ACM20117 - Certificate II in Animal Studies is primarily an entry level vocational qualification which will enable successful graduates to apply for employment across the five different sectors of the Animal Care and Management Industry including; veterinary services, animal breeding services, pet and companion animal services, captive wildlife operations and, hunting and trapping.
Animal care and management, especially animal welfare has relevance to a number of other sectors including agriculture, racing, sport and recreation, medical research, local government and environment and conservation.

Nationally Recognised


Delivery Mode

  • Classroom Based
  • Workplace
  • Distance Learning
  • Virtual/Blended

Course Duration

26 Weeks

Entry Requirement

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent
  • Be able to undertake work experience placements at an animal care facility and veterinary clinic
  • Many students choose to volunteer at animal shelters, RSPCA etc to learn some of the practical skills they need.
  • Have access to computers and internet as this is an online course.

Education Pathways

  • ACM30121 Certificate III in Animal Care Services
  • ACM30918 Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care
  • ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • ACM40117 Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation
  • ACM20317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM50119 Diploma of Animal Technology

Career Opportunities

  • Animal Attendant
  • Clinic Receptionist
  • Clinic Assistant
  • Pound Attendant
  • Animal Carer
  • Pet Sitter

Funding, Eligibility and Course Fee

Victorian residents who undertake classroom-based or blended training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding (Skills First previously known as Victorian Training Guarantee). Use our easy Eligibility Checker to find out if you’re eligible for Victorian Government Funding. Funded places are limited, so be sure to make a timely application!

For more information, refer to the Course fee.


Total number of units = 14
10 core units plus
4 elective units

Core units:

  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

Electives units:

  • ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
  • ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
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ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies