About this course
If you want to work in the animal services sector, then this Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410) TAFE course at The Gordon is for you.
You’ll learn a range of skills to prepare you for the daily care of various animals, including feeding, grooming and safety. Some of the exciting subjects you’ll study cover animal behaviour, care, hygiene, health and wellbeing, capturing and handling companion animals, training and enriching animals and basic first aid.
You can opt to take this course on campus or as a traineeship while you work in the animal services industry. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of animal service environments, including animal shelters, pet shops and grooming facilities, kennels, catteries and training environments.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Written assignments
You can opt to take this course as a traineeship while you work as a trainee in the animal services industry. Traineeships generally take up to two years to complete, and intakes are throughout the year
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Possess at least Year-10 level language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills
- Provide evidence of experience in the animal industry (this can be through study, work or volunteering, and will be collected at the information session)
- Attend a compulsory information session
- Complete a literacy and numeracy assessment at the compulsory information session
- Possess demonstrated interest in the field
- Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and be referred by their employer through an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider
- Applicants will be selected based on their literacy and numeracy test results, previous industry experience (through work or study) and date of application
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this animal services course, the units of competency you may study include:
- ACMGAS203A – Complete animal care hygiene routines
- ACMINF301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
- ACMOHS301A – Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
- ACMGAS301A – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
- ACMSUS201A – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
- ACMCAS301A – Work effectively in the companion animal industry
- ACMCAS304A – Capture handle and transport companion animals
- ACMACR403A – Identify and respond to animal behaviour
- ACMGAS303A – Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
- ACMCAS303A – Provide advice on selection and care of aquatic animals
- ACMCAS302A – Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
- ACMSPE302A – Provide basic care of birds
- ACMSPE310A – Provide basic care of mammals
- ACMCAS409A – Provide training advice to companion animal owners
- ACMGAS305A – Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: