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Course overview

ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing) 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.

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered via the following delivery methods:

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.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
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.  

CAREERS

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.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

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)

Preferred requirements

n/a

 

UNITS OF STUDY

Participate in workplace communications

ACMGAS202A

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)

Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

ACMGAS301A

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

ACMGAS303A

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

ACMINF301A

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)

Feed and water animals

ACMGAS204A

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements. 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)

Assist in health care of animals

ACMGAS205A

This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments. 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)

Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

ACMVET201A

This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to carry out basic veterinary reception duties working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out daily clinic routines

ACMVET202A

This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to carry out daily clinic routines working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Assist with surgery preparation

ACMVET203A

This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to assist with surgery preparations working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS203A

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)

Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

ACMOHS301A

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

ACMSUS201A

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)

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

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.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced
  • 12 months
  • Enrol anytime
  • 12 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $4,395
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $1,990
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $1,940