Why choose this course?
Start your career in the animal care industry with this qualification. Get a wealth of hands on experience and be job ready to work in a broad range of roles including dog day care, boarding, rescue shelters, pet sitting, dog walking, breeding establishments and other animal businesses.
You will learn the animal related skills to identify behaviours, interact safely, assess the welfare status, provide first aid and comply with infection control policies and procedures. This course also includes skills training to walk, exercise and bath dogs. In addition, you will learn how to provide general care for dogs, rodents, rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles.
An on-campus animal care facility is available for you to learn in a simulated workplace with a range of animal species including dogs, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, fish, budgerigars, cockatiels, and canaries.
Upon successful completion of this course, you can continue your studies by enrolling into the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
- Animal Carer
- Kennel Hand
- Pet Shop/Aquarium Assistant
An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.
Equivalent to Australian Year 11.
Students must be 17 years of age prior to commencing this course, in order to participate in the work placement.
This course requires COVID immunisations and/or proof of vaccination status prior to working in the student clinic environment.
There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).
For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.
How to apply
Apply to study at TAFE in six steps:
- find a course;
- check entry requirements;
- submit an application;
- accept your offer and pay;
- apply for your student visa; and
- receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.
TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.