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Vet Assistant Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Do you love animals? Have you always thought about working with animals professionally? But not sure where to start? Then our Vet Assistant course is perfect for you! This Vet Assistant course is the ideal starting point for anyone who is looking to wo...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Veterinary reception and gen... +6
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Animal Care Certificate

Do you love animals and dream of working with them? Want to learn how to manage animal health for pets, wildlife or farm animals? Do you aspire to work in the pet care industry or with wildlife? Or are you a pet-owner who simply wants to learn how you...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Pathways to: +8
Careerhouse -  Course

Dog Owner’s Masterclass

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Caring for your dog isn’t always a walk in the park. When it comes to dog grooming, training, behaviour, health, and nutrition, our pals deserve the best pet care we can give them! Let Ulleo lend a helping paw by providing you with everything you need...

Study Method Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Veterinary Assistant
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Advanced Certificate in Dog Grooming

Whether you’ve already got some experience in grooming and want to increase your knowledge base, or you want to get your foot in the door as a grooming apprentice, this Advanced Certificate will be for you. To begin with, you will learn about the care...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Pet Shop staff member +2
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Animal Welfare Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

The animal welfare industry predominantly focuses on supporting an animal’s wellbeing and assessing its environmental conditions, in addition to dealing with managing animal behaviour and rehabilitation. Have you ever felt strongly about animal r...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Pet Resort Attendant +7
Learning Online -  Course

Certificate in Equine Business

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Do you love working with horses? Are you a horse owner keen to start breeding? Do you want to learn more about horse breeding and what is required to be a successful breeder? Then this course is for you. Designed as a course for both horse owners and t...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Equine Industry +6
Careerhouse -  Course

Veterinary Assistant & Animal Welfare Course Bundle

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

The fulfilling future you’ve always wanted is within your reach, you just need to make the right next move… And this Veterinary Assistant & Animal Welfare Course Bundle is it! Designed in collaboration with top experts like Bondi Vet...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Veterinarian Assistant +11
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Wildlife Conservation and Management Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Year on year our wildlife and wildlife habitats dwindle. This course is ideal for those wildlife warriors who are committed to keeping our native flora and fauna in tact! This wonderful course is perfect for beginner learners who have a passion for con...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Zoo Assistant +7
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Carnivore Zoology Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

This course is specifically designed for those students who want to work in Zoo’s and particularly for those students who want to work with Carnivores. Have you ever dreamed of working with Big Cats? Then this is the course for you! Our Carnivore Zoolo...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Zoo Assistant +6
Learning Online -  Course

Primate Zoology Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Have you always been fascinated with monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees? Could you see yourself working with these special animals? Then this is the course for you! The Learning Online Primate Zoology Certificate will teach you all about the taxonomy, b...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Zoo assistant +6
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Certificate in Reptile Conservation

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Are you interested in herpetology? Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Do you want to learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians? Then this course is for you. With a specific focus on herpetology, you will develop an ability to understan...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Wildlife Manager +7
Careerhouse -  Course

Horse Breeding Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Do you love horses? Do you own your own horses? The safe birthing process of domesticated horses is a complicated procedure that involves a great deal of knowledge and experience. Even experienced breeders should be constantly updating their skillset t...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Horse Breeder +5
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Animal Care Advanced Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Turn your love for animals into a successful career in animal service. Animal service is one of the most popular and sought after types of employment. With so many different avenues to choose from we have the ideal starting point to building the fundam...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Business start-up in general... +11
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Reptile Zoology Certificate

Do you dream of working with snakes, lizards and other reptiles? Do you have a passion for animal welfare and would like to work with animals as a Zookeeper or in a wildlife sanctuary? Do you want to have a positive impact on the conservation of threat...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Zookeeper +5
Careerhouse -  Course

Canine Care and Training Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Have you always dreamed of working with dogs? Are you excited to learn how to provide the best life possible for our four-legged friends? Then our Canine Care and Training Course is a perfect choice for you. To work with dogs requires a thorough unders...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Dog Trainer +6
Learning Online -  Course

Certificate II Animal Care ACM20121

The Certificate II in Animal Care replaces (supersedes) the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117). The Certificate II in Animal Care is an ideal entry point into the animal care and management industry. This qualification prepares students for en...

Study Method Blended, Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Assistant grooming attendant +4
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Animal Welfare Certificate

Do you love animals? Are you passionate about caring for and working with them? Do you want to learn more about how to look after your own pet at home? Would you like to better understand animal healthcare? Then this course is for you. Designed for any...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Animal Shelter Assistant +8
Careerhouse -  Course

Certificate II in Animal Studies ACM20117

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. And as the popularity of pets continues to rise, so too does the need for qualified workers with the right skills to keep pets happy and healthy. The ACM20117 Certificate II in Anima...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Animal Attendant (Veterinary... +5
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Veterinary Assistant & Welfare Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Designed in collaboration with top experts like Bondi Vet’s Dr Kate Adams, this 100% online course will equip you with the practical, on-the-job skills and training that employers in the industry are looking for right now. The value-packed course...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Veterinarian Assistant +8
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Wildlife Conservation and Management Certificate

Become a wildlife warrior and be part of a highly rewarding industry with our Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management. This highly practical and up to date course will teach you the practical and theoretical skills you need to be successful...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Wildlife education +8
Careerhouse -  Course

About Animal Care

Do you love animals so much that you want make your living working with them, caring for them or nursing them back to health? We have a great range of animal care courses to get you set for a wonderful, fulfilling career amongst furry and four-legged colleagues, great and small.

Animal Care Study Options

Animal care is a growing industry too. More than 63% of Australian households now have pets, and there are thousands of animals in shelters and the wild that need care. The government expects job numbers to increase rapidly over the next few years. With the right animal courses qualification, you could be a vet or wildlife nurse. You could work in a shelter, animal hospital, kennel or pet shop. You could even run your own pet service business.

Training.com.au lists a range of Australia’s best animal care online courses and distance learning. To fit your needs and availability, these nationally recognised TAFE certificates and diplomas include full-time, part-time and self-paced study options.

Most courses have no entry requirements and involve practical workplace hours. They’ll have you ready for your dream career as an animal groomer, breeder, carer, healer – or whisperer!

Animal Attendants and Trainers care for the needs of animals, including training, feeding and grooming requirements. Depending on your animal care course and career choice, you could be performing tasks such as teaching animals to obey commands both verbal and non-verbal, maintaining comfortable and hygienic animal enclosures, maintaining animal health records and treating minor injuries, and playing with animals and providing companionship.

Career Outcomes for Animal Care Professionals

Depending on the specific animal care course you choose to complete, there is a wide range of potential careers you could pursue.

Job Outlook for Animal Care Professionals

Animal Attendants and Trainers make up approximately 16,400 full-time and part-time positions Australia wide. This is expected to grow moderately to 2018. As such the availability of positions in some areas may be limited.

  • Average full-time wages for Animal Attendants and Trainers is $49,972 per year

  • Over the past five years growth in the industry has been 51.8%, compared to the 6.5% average across all industries

  • 5% of the workforce are female, while 37.5% are male

Types of Animal Care Courses

There are a range of Animal Care courses to take, from people just wishing to find out a little more about caring for their own pets, through to TAFE and university qualifications to kick-start a career in Animal Care. You can specialise in a wide variety of fields, that will enable you to work in a range of animal care facilities, such as zoos, veterinary clinics, theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Certificate

If you’d like to become an Animal Attendant or are a pet owner who wants to know more about caring for companion animals, then a Certificate in Animal Care may be the course for you. With a particular focus on caring for dogs and cats, you will be trained to understand animal anatomy, health, disease, first aid, dietary safety, animal handling, grooming, manicuring and bathing. There are no pre-requisites to enter the Certificate of Animal Care short course. You can also study this animal care course online.

Certificate I

While the Certificate in Animal Care is a taste of what the industry could provide, or a way for pet owners to increase their knowledgebase, the Certificate II in Animal Studies is your first step to a career in the industry. You’ll learn how to care for animals in a variety of environments, including kennels, catteries, animal welfare centres and pet stores. This course requires no educational pre-requisites. Upon completion you’ll be able to pursue a career as an Animal Attendant.

Certificate II

The Certificate II in Animal Studies includes core subjects that teach you about working in the animal care industry, workplace communications, complete hygiene routines, health care and environmentally sustainable work practices. During this course you are encouraged to find a work placement in an animal care environment to increase your experience and receive on the job training. There is no minimum education requirement to complete the Certificate II in Animal Studies at TAFE or any other approved course provider.

Certificate III

At this point in your studies you are able to continue with a Certificate III in Animal Studies. Alternatively you can focus on a specific Animal Care discipline such as a Certificate III in Captive Animals, Companion Animal Services or Pet Grooming.

A Certificate III in Animal Studies will include those subjects studied in the Certificate II course plus other core subjects and electives such as planning nutritional requirements, infection control policies and procedures, caring for young animals, reception services and simple breeding procedures.

While the Certificate III in Pet Grooming doesn’t have any educational pre-requisites, the Certificate III in Captive Animals and Companion Animal Services requires a Certificate II or relevant work experience. It is highly recommended that during your studies in these more specific Certificate III courses, you undertake work experience in a facility corresponding to the course or you are already employed at a relevant animal care facility.

Certificate IV

Certificate IV courses are highly specific to a particular field of study. These qualifications are for people working towards:

  • Certificate IV in Captive Animals – senior keeper level who care for animals at zoos, wildlife or theme parks.

  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services – caring for animals and maintaining animal housing facilities while monitoring their health and wellbeing.

  • Certificate IV in Pet Styling – maintaining styling standards for specific breeds, understanding small animal anatomy and identifying potential health risks.

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – providing professional assistance at a veterinary practice.

Animal Care Courses Online

All Animal Care courses at Certificate level are available online. Various TAFE colleges and approved education institutions offer them online for those interested in pursuing a career in looking after animals and maintaining animal care facilities. As such they are perfect for:

  • Those who are currently working in the industry but would like to acquire additional qualifications.

  • People looking at a career change while continuing in their current employment.

  • Recent high school leavers.

  • Those wishing to re-enter the workforce.

However, for most Certificate level studies you will be required to undertake practical work experience at an approved animal care facility. This could either be at your current place of employment if you already work in the industry, or with a facility that is willing to accommodate you.

Is Animal Care right for you?

If you love animals, enjoy hands-on practical work, the outdoors and dislike paperwork, a career in Animal Care could be for you. You should be patient and caring, while having the confidence to handle animals that could be sick or undisciplined.

You’ll be predominantly working within a team and often communicating with colleagues and members of the public. Animals require care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you could find yourself working in the evenings or on weekends, depending on where you find employment.

You may also have to be willing to get your hands dirty with at times unpleasant tasks. There can be an emotional toll when dealing with injured, sick or badly treated animals.

But the rewards far outweigh the negatives if you’re an animal lover, and combining what you love with a career is the ultimate in professional job satisfaction. If this sounds like the right career for you, check out the animal care courses available now.

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