Certificate III In Animal Studies

Course Code: ACM30117
Study Area:
Animal Studies

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Please contact our team for further information.

Start date:  February 2022
End date: July 2022

Have you always cared for your pets and thinking of pursuing a career in this direction?  Certificate III in Animal Studies  is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care workplace.

The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence, located at Charleston Road Campus, Bendigo provides student with access to specialist simulated facilities including: 

  • Grooming rooms complete with specialised equipment including a hydro bath
  • Kennels and cattery rooms
  • Front reception desk and waiting room that replicates a veterinary clinic
  • Commercial laundry
  • Food preparation kitchen 

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.


  • Echuca Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure

We have designed our course delivery to include a range of flexible delivery methods. This is a blend of online tutorials, interactive learning as well as face-to-face practical delivery and assessments on campus. Our flexible model allows you to  study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner both remotely and on campus. 

This course is run 2-3 day per week.

Watch our Recorded Information Session to learn more about this course including career opportunities, work placements, fees etc - Watch Here: Animal Studies


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

This course may lead to employment in the animal care industry. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Animal care receptionist and support officer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Animal health officer 
  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Assistant animal welfare officer


You must be at least 15 years old at the time of application and have satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills.

Course overview

Our Certificate III in Animal Studies is a course designed for students wanting to under study to work in a range of careers within the animal care industry (see list below) or those wanting undertake further studies in Companion Animal Services or Veterinary Nursing.  

At Bendigo TAFE, we provide students with the opportunity to experience a simulated work place where your will gain industry relevant skills. Our teachers have a broad range of industry knowledge and skills that they bring to the classroom environment ensuring that students have relevant and current understanding of industry practices. View our 3D tour of our facilities here

You will gain skills in animal care management, reception duties, communication, basic animal care, hygiene, animal welfare, nutrition, Occupational Health and Safety, team work, animal handling.

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Animal care receptionist and support officer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Animal health officer 
  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Assistant animal welfare officer

Watch our Recorded Information Session to learn more about this course including career opportunities, work placements, fees and more - Watch Here

Also an added opportunity for students undertaking this course is work placement. Work Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure  an appropriate placement. Due to the current environment and circumstances outside our control placements may be delayed. This may then impact the completion dates for this course and deferment of graduation.  Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

• A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)

• A satisfactory National Police Check – National Police checks are conducted via fit2work, (our students have a special discount for these) 

How to apply

To apply for this course you must complete an online application by clicking the 'apply here' button or for further information call our Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@bendigotafe.edu.au. 

Selection process

You will undertake a Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) evaluation and also a pre-training review (PTR) to determine your suitability for this course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout the course, assessments may include written, oral or practical assessments. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit.

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discus with your teacher.

There will be the requirement to undertake 80 hours of work placement during this course. 

Learning options
  • Full time: 6 months

Key study areas

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 12 units of competency:

  • 7 core units
  • 5 elective units

In this program you will learn about animal care, workplace communication, workplace health and safety processes, infection control policies and procedures in animal work, animal hygiene, enrichment, well-being and nutrition.

During your on campus practical classes you will be immersed in the Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence state of the art Vet Clinic that was designed with industry consultation to provide a best practice simulated workplace environment.  The clinic offers real life working conditions including a reception area, consultation rooms, radiology, surgery, laundry, kennels, cattery and specialist grooming room.

Key study areas are: 

  • infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • work place communications and reception services for an animal care facility
  • workplace health and safety processes
  • maintain and monitor animal health and well-being
  • enrichment
  • hydro bathing
  • basic care of non-venomous reptiles

As part of this course you will also be required to undertake 80 hours of practical placement in an animal care facility.

Further study opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification you may continue to study the following at Bendigo TAFE:

•    Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (ACM40317)
•    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418)


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,053.30
Concession - average total course fee*$410.66
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,568.91
B.   Materials average fee**$75.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$400.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 16/09/2021 10:56 AM

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