In a nutshell
If you’re interested in a career looking after animals then look no further than this unique study opportunity. Combining two qualifications from two of Australia’s leading animal care course providers, this pathway will give you the skills to stand out from the crowd.
Study the Companion Animal Services Pathway and you will study two nationally recognised qualifications: the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410).Through both qualifications, you will gain skills in basic first aid for animals, working in the animal care industry, transporting companion animals, monitoring animal health and wellbeing and complying with infection control policies.
With both qualifications under your belt, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the animal care industry, including sustainable work practices, animal hygiene routines, basic care of cats and dogs, animal first aid and animal health and wellbeing.
Gain practical skills
To successfully complete this course, you will need to complete 125 hours of practical work placement to ensure you graduate job ready. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours for the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and a minimum of 45 hours for the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410) in an animal care environment.
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What you’ll need
Applicants must be meet the following entry requirements:
- Have completed English to Year 10 level; OR
- Have completed a certificate II or higher qualification; OR
- Have two years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
In this animal care course, the subjects you may study include: Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110)
- ACMGAS201A – Work in the animal care industry
- ACMGAS202A – Participate in workplace communications
- ACMOHS201A – Participate in occupational health and safety processes
- ACMSUS201A – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
- ACMGAS204A – Feed and water animals
- ACMGAS203A – Complete animal care hygiene routines
- ACMSPE304A – Provide basic care of dogs
- ACMGAS205A – Assist in health care of animals
- ACMGAS206A – Provide basic first aid for animals
- ACMGAS207A – Provide reception services for an animal care facility
- ACMGAS209A – Provide information on companion animals, products and services
- ACMGAS208A – Source information for animal care needs
Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410)
- ACMGAS301A – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
- ACMCAS304A – Capture, handle and transport companion animals
- ACMINF301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
- ACMOHS301A – Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
- ACMCAS301A – Work effectively in the companion animal industry
- ACMSPE305A – Provide basic care of domestic cats
- ACMACR403A – Identify and respond to animal behaviour
- ACMCAS302A – Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.