Certificate II in Animal Studies - ACM20117

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities.No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the relevant state or territory jurisdiction for details.


12 units, 8 core, 4 elective units.


  • Assist in health care of animals
  • Feed and water animals
  • Carry out daily practice routines
  • Source information for animal care needs
  • Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • Work in the animal care industry
  • Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • Assist with surgery preparation
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Provide basic care of mammals
  • Provide basic care of amphibians
  • Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • Provide basic care of marine fish
  • Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
  • Provide basic first aid for animals
  • Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
  • Provide basic care of birds
  • Provide information on companion animals, products and services
  • Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • Participate in workplace communications
  • Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
  • Provide basic care of freshwater fish
  • Participate in workplace health and safety processes
  • Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Epping Domestic: $5,000
  • Full-time : 6 months
  • Part-time : 12 months
Fairfield Domestic: $5,000
  • Full-time : 6 months
  • Part-time : 12 months

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