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Course overview

ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Veterinary Assisting) is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It may assist those who are seeking or currently undertaking employment as a veterinary assistant or in workplaces that involves basic animal care functions, such as pet shops, animal groomers, kennels and veterinary surgeries.

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 practical component is completed at a veterinary practice or animal care facility close to you. Topics covered in this course include animal husbandry, animal nutrition, veterinary reception duties, sterilising instruments and foundation nursing skills.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $3,395
Co-contribution fee rate n/a
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate n/a

 

CAREERS

Job roles covered by this qualification may include:

  • animal care attendant
  • animal shelter attendant
  • kennel hand
  • cattery attendant
  • pet shop attendant
  • assistant dog groomer

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Capture, handle and transport companion animals

ACMCAS304A

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)

Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS201A

This unit of competency covers the terminology, culture and working conditions of an animal care workplace when working on an individual basis and with others. 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)

Participate in occupational health and safety processes

ACMOHS201A

This unit of competency covers the process required for an entry level employee to participate in occupational health and safety (OHS) processes in the workplace, in order to ensure their own health and safety at work, as well as that of others in the workplace who may be affected by their actions. This unit is intended for application during induction of new entrants to the workplace and where the employee has basic operational knowledge and skills for a limited range of tasks and problems. It includes apprentices, trainees and casual workers. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMGAS206A

This unit of competency covers the process of providing essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic first aid measures. The first aider is not expected to deal with complex casualties or incidents, but to provide an initial response where first aid is required. 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)

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

This course may assist those who are seeking or currently undertaking employment as a veterinary assistant or in workplaces that involves basic animal care functions, such as pet shops, animal groomers, kennels and veterinary surgeries.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced
  • 12 months
  • Enrol anytime
  • 12 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $3,395
    • Co-contribution fee rate: n/a
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: n/a