What is this course all about?

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist in a veterinary practice or other animal care establishments such as a kennel or cattery. You will learn skills in animal care and how to assist a veterinarian in a surgery preparation. You will also learn skills to carry out reception duties, carry out daily clinic routines, respond to emergencies, and follow safety procedures in animal care workplaces.

What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?

Certificate III in Animal Technology Certificate III in Captive Animals Certificate III in Companion Animal Services Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation

Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become a veterinary nursing assistant, kennel hand and/or cattery hand.

Where can I study this course?

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Polytechnic West’s Bentley campus is right across the road from Curtin University and next to Technology Park. Just 10 minutes from the Perth CBD, we’re part of one of the largest educational and technology precinct in Western Australia and is renowned for its pleasant gardens and friendly ambience.
Bentley Campus
What sort of course is it?
Employment in the relevant industry required
What do I learn?
Certificate II in Animal Studies Default Curriculum for S438 Default Curriculum for S438

What are the entrance requirements?

Year 12 skill levels conversion table
Tafe equivalent •• ••• ••••
Applicable Mathematics D D D D
Calculus D D D D
Foundations of Mathematics D D D C
Modelling with Mathematics C B A  
English Literature D D C B
English as a second language D D C B
Not a year 12 leaver? Alternate entrance requirements information
Skill Level
Well Developed
Highly Developed
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How much does this course cost?

Students from overseas, please check http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/international for the course costs. 

For Australian citizens (and / or permanent residents) residing in Western Australia: 

Polytechnic West’s estimated fees for 2015 are now available at the following link: http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/future-students-1/fees-charges/

Students in Diploma and above qualifications may be assisted through having access to a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, if they are a Citizen of Australia (OR on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa and resident in Australia for the duration of the course).

Concessions will continue to be available for eligible courses at certificate levels I through to IV. Eligible students include holders of either a health care or pensioner concession card, recipients of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, or Youth Allowance, and young people aged 15 to 17 years.

        (http://s3.amazonaws.com/pwafiles/Web+Uploads/Dates+handout+slip.pdf) To enrol as a trainee, you must first obtain an traineeship with an employer.
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PO Box 1336
Midland WA 6936

Email: info.centre@polytechnic.wa.edu.au