ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (General Animal Care) is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level, and undertaking animal care functions, in an animal care workplace such as shelters, animal control organisations and veterinary clinics.
This course is offered via the following delivery methods:
- Online (with external assistance available through Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd)
COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE
This course is delivered in partnership with Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd through an online learning centre over approximately 12 months. The 30 day practical component of the course can be completed at a veterinary clinic convenient to you, enabling you to gain valuable experience relevant to your career aspirations.
Topics covered include basic care of domestic cats and dogs, providing information and advice on companion animal selection and general care, providing reception for an animal care facility and planning and providing nutritional care of animals.
|Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate||$4,395|
|Co-contribution fee rate||$1,990|
|Co-contribution - concessional fee rate||$1,940|
Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program. Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page for information about eligibility requirements. The fees listed above represent the cost of training and assessment.
Job roles covered by this qualification may include:
- animal care receptionist and support officer
- animal control and regulation assistant
- animal health officer on indigenous communities
- animal shelter assistant
- assistant animal welfare officer
This qualification may also provide a pathway into further animal studies or veterinary nursing studies.
To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:
- be at least 16 years of age
- have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent
- be able to undertake work experience placement at an animal care facility, pet shop or veterinary clinic (many students choose to volunteer at animal shelters, such as the RSPCA, to learn some of the practical skills they need)
UNITS OF STUDY
Participate in workplace communications
This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Complete animal care hygiene routines
This unit of competency covers the responsibilities and procedures required to provide daily care of animals, including the cleaning of animal housing and grooming or cleaning of animals under supervision. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
This unit of competency covers the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition. This unit is applicable to those working in animal care industry sectors where it may be necessary to care for a range of animal species and to monitor the wellbeing of healthy, ill or injured animals by observing and measuring indicators of ideal and poor development or response to treatments. These animals may be being kept long term in the workplace or being raised or prepared for sale, rehousing or release to their native habitat. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
This unit of competency covers the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs. The unit is applicable to those working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to plan nutritional requirements for animals in various animal care sectors, including but not restricted to, companion animals in pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries, dog and cat breeding establishments, research technology animals, native and exotic animals in zoos, wildlife parks and animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
This Unit of Competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. This Unit is applicable to all animal care workers who have a duty of care to ensure workplace procedures are followed in order to maintain infection control standards. All procedures must be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the organisation. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirement for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
This unit of competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to occupational health and safety (OHS) processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others. This unit is intended for application by a skilled worker with little or no responsibility for others. Workers are likely to perform work activities requiring a range of well-developed skills where some discretion and judgment is required. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
This unit of competency covers the process required to measure current resource use effectively and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative environment impacts of work practices. This unit addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices in animal care and management industry sectors. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Source information for animal care needs
This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry where it may be necessary to investigate or clarify information on treatments, services or other animal care items for self, colleagues or clients. Candidates are not required to provide advice to clients at this level but rather to develop the skills required to find information that is current, relevant, accurate and appropriate for the audience and activity needs from a range of credible services. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Capture, handle and transport companion animals
This unit of competency covers the process of capturing, handling and transporting companion animals. This unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where it may be necessary to transport companion animals. Transportation may be required to and from pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries or companion animal training, groomer and breeding establishments, mobile animal facilities, client residences or veterinary practices. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)
Address customer needs
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage an ongoing relationship with a customer over a period of time. This includes helping customers articulate their needs and managing networks to ensure customer needs are addressed.
It applies to individuals who are expected to have detailed product knowledge in order to recommend customised solutions. In this role, individuals would be expected to apply organisational procedures and be aware of, and apply as appropriate, broader factors involving ethics, industry practice and relevant government policies and regulations.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)
(refer to Additional Information tab below for details)
In addition to the core units listed above, four elective streams are available to choose from:
|ELECTIVE STREAM 1|
|ACMGAS207A||Provide reception services for an animal care facility|
|ACMGAS209A||Provide information on companion animals, products and services|
|ELECTIVE STREAM 2|
|ACMSPE305A||Provide basic care of domestic cats|
|ACMCAN311A||Care for young animals|
|ELECTIVE STREAM 3|
|ACMCAS306A||Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort|
|ACMCAS307A||Provide companion animal hydrobathing services|
|ELECTIVE STREAM 4|
|ACMSPE303A||Provide basic care of common native mammals|
|ACMCAN311A||Care for young animals|
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