Open Colleges

Certificate II in Animal Care

ACM20121Open Colleges (RTO 90796)
Up to 12 monthsself-paced
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Why study this course

  • Develop foundational skills and knowledge for a career in the animal care industry, and prepare for a role in a pet store, shelter, kennel or cattery
  • Learn to prepare and distribute food and water, assist in the handling of animals for care and treatment, provide daily care of animals and provide initial first aid response
  • Gain practical skills through 120 hours of work placement


This course meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Qualifications Framework

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

However, it is recommended that you be at least 16 years of age, have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to a Year 10 standard, and have regular access to a computer and the internet.

Where is this course offered?

This course is delivered online, so you can:

  • Study from anywhere and choose when you want to fit study into your week
  • Access all study materials, assessments, and student support services
  • Achieve the same qualification as someone studying in a classroom

Find out more about online courses and the benefits of studying online.

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn to:

  • Work in the animal care industry
  • Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • Feed and water animals
  • Assist in health care of animals
  • Provide general care of domestic dogs
  • Provide general care of domestic cats
  • Provide basic animal first aid
  • Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • Source and provide information for animal care needs

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about the course content, units, and what you’ll learn.

Course price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether the institution offers subsidies, concessions, or government loans and your eligibility to receive them
  • Your previous study and work experience
  • Your unit selections

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about the course price for you.

What to know before you apply

To help you decide if this is the right course for you, Open Colleges can provide you with more information about:

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to get credit or RPL for some units of this course based on your previous studies and work experience. This means the duration of the course may be reduced.

Work placement

Work placement gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

As part of this course you must complete 120 hours of work placement in a organisation that provides a range of services to various animal species. This could include veterinary practices, boarding facilities, retail pet stores or zoos.

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about credit, RPL, or work placement.

Support and delivery

When you study online with Open Colleges, you will have access to:

  • A Student Support Team who are available via phone, live chat and email to help with any administration issues. They can provide assistance with enrolment, updates on your course progress and help with work placement queries.
  • A Learning Support Team made up of former teachers, trainers and academics who can provide study tips and tricks, advice on research strategies and help you use OpenSpace, your online campus
  • Academic assistance from your trainers who are available to help with any course content questions and will provide feedback on your assessments
  • Career support via a range of resources including resume tips, a career change guide, quizzes and information on career pathways

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Open Colleges

Certificate II in Animal CareACM20121

You may wish to discuss the following with Open Colleges:

  • Course price
  • Prior Recognition of Learning (RPL)
  • Support with sourcing placements

Submit an enquiry direct to Open Colleges.

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Certificate II in Animal CareACM20121

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