The Certificate II in Animal Studies will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to care for animals in a range of environments. Major areas of study include working in the animal care industry, assisting with general care of animals, first aid for animals, veterinary reception duties, daily clinic routine and assisting with surgery preparations. Certificate II in Animal Studies students will be prepared for employment in veterinary clinics, animal shelters, pet shops, companion animal services or animal training. You will be working under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Career opportunities include veterinary clinic nurse, animal shelter attendant, pet shop assistant, companion animal service provider or an animal trainer.
To apply to study the Certificate II in Animal Studies you must fill out a Direct Entry Application Form. You will be expected to have relevant language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills required to undertake the course. Applicants may be required to attend a course information session and/or interview. Your skills base and knowledge of the industry may be evaluated at this time.
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Modules / Units of Competency
There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Certificate II in Animal Studies . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
Title Approx. Hours
Work in the Animal Care Industry 20
Follow OHS Procedures in an Animal Care Environment 40
Assist with General Animal Care 80
Provide Food and Water for Animals 30
Participate in Workplace Communications 20
Provide Basic First Aid for Animals 30
Carry Out Veterinary Reception Duties 30
Carry Out Daily Clinic Routines 40
Assist with Surgery Preparations 40
Organise Workplace Information 30
Prepare for Animal Care Work 20
The Certificate II in Animal Studies is a one-year part-time course. Student intakes are generally February. Classroom attendance is approximately 8 hours per week.
If you apply to study the Certificate II in Animal Studies you may be required to attend an information session and/or interview.
Applicants who can demonstrate an interest in the animal care and management industry will be given preference to study the Certificate II in Animal Studies.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
Gordon Institute Support Services
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