Compare institutions offeringCertificate II in Animal Studies

This certificate will prepare you for an entry level role in the animal care and management industry.

in Australia
9 institutions:

Open CollegesFEATURED

Get comprehensive academic, online learning, and career support while you study with Open Colleges.

Study modeOnline
Study duration12 months self-paced

Box Hill Institute

With Box Hill's state-of-the-art training facilities, you'll build real-world skills so you can graduate ready to step into a job.

Study modeOn-campus
Study duration16 weeks full-time

Study modeOn-campus
Study duration12 months part-time

TAFE Gippsland

Study modeOnline, On-campus
Study duration6 months full-time

South Metropolitan TAFE

Study modeOn-campus
Study duration6 months full-time
These institutions all deliver equivalent outcomes
This nationally accredited qualification meets the same educational standards regardless of which institution you choose to study with. Institutions may deliver their course content differently, but the outcomes are equivalent and recognised Australia wide.

Possible career outcomes

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Veterinary Nurse
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Is this qualification right for me?

What will I learn?

The core units you complete will build the key skills needed to work with and care for animals. You'll learn to complete animal care hygiene routines, feed and water animals, assist in the health care of animals and work in the industry. You'll also develop your communication skills and learn to follow workplace health and safety processes. The electives you complete will depend on the institution you choose to study with.

Are there any entry requirements?

Typically, there are no educational prerequisites for this course. Some institutions may set their own requirements for entry, which could include meeting set literacy and numeracy standards and/or having access to animals in order to complete assessment tasks.

Where will it lead me?

This course prepares you for entry-level positions in the animal care industry, including in animal shelters, grooming services, pet shops, kennels and catteries. It's also a good starting point if you're looking to become a Veterinary Nurse. Completion of a Certificate II in Animal Studies is often a requirement for entry into a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

How much will it cost?

The final cost of this course will depend on a number of factors including your personal circumstances, previous experience and unit selections. As a general guide, if you are eligible for a subsidised place, it's likely to cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Most TAFEs do offer a concession rate, in which case, you could pay as little as $500. Alternatively, if you are required to pay a full fee, it could cost up to $5,000. To find the course price for you, it's best to contact the institution directly.

Did you know?

Level up
A Certificate II provides you with the skills and knowledge to perform routine tasks and procedures. On completion you’ll be competent to perform these tasks in defined contexts.
Course curriculum is developed by industry, so you’ll build relevant, practical skills that are valued by employers.
Study option
Qualifications don’t have to be completed in sequential order. You can start your study journey at the qualification level that suits your career goals and previous experience.

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