VET Studies
VET Studies
Outdoor Teaching

Animal Studies

Box Hill Institute RTO 4687


This course is delivered at Mt Eliza Secondary College by Box Hill Institute fo TAFE. VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students.  They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. Certificate II in Animal Studies has been developed to provide general training for people wanting to work in an animal care industry and for those wanting to improve their skills, knowledge and pursue further studies in this area. Instruction around day-to-day duties and care will include feeding, maintaining hygiene and housing, grooming, observation and ensuring animal safety and well-being. There is an element of customer service, as well as providing information on products and services. The course is an excellent opportunity of work with animals and familiarise yourself with the industry.

Course Code and Title

  • ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Studies


  • Venue: Mt Eliza Secondary College
  • Time: 1.30-4.00pm (1st year), 4.15-7.00pm (2nd year)

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning is an important part of any VET in schools program and provides:

  • Enhancement of skills
  • Practical application of industry knowledge
  • Increased employment opportunities

This course requires students to undertake 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning, 40 hours each year. This provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate competencies acquired on-the-job.

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

On completion of the program students are eligible for four credits towards their VCE or VCAL certificate, two at units 1 and 2 level. and a 3 and 4 sequence. Students who successfully complete the year 12 Unit 3-4 sequence will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four.

Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website:

This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.

What to bring

Students are required to wear appropriate clothes and footwear for working with animals. Students also must have a copy of their current tetanus vaccinations.

Students interested in enrolling in this course MUST attend an orientation afternoon in the year proceeding

Units of Competency

Units delivered over 2 years may include:

Feed and water animals
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Assist in the health care of animals
Provide basic first aid for animals
Provide basic care for dogs
Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
Participate in OH&S processes
Work in the animal care industry
Participate in workplace communications
Complete animal care hygiene routines

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Employment opportunities such as:

  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Pet Shop Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer.

With additional training and experience, future employment opportunities may include

  • Veterinary nurse
  • Boarding kennel
  • Cattery manager
  • Pet Shop/Aquarium Manager
  • Companion Animal Trainer/Behaviourist
  • Pottery and Porcelain Restoration
  • Craft (quilting, model making)