What is this course all about?
Can you talk to the animals? Do you find it hard to resist a puppy or a kitten? This qualification goes into depth about animal behaviour, breeding, and genetics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology of animals. Learn how to choose the right pet, animal handling and transportation, breeding and more.
Australians love their animals and many diverse career opportunities exist in areas involved with their care. For people who would like to work in this rewarding field, the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services could be a great place to start.
Polytechnic West is the only TAFE College in the State that offers training in animal studies. Training facilities include a fully equipped operating veterinary clinic and surgery on Bentley Campus where you can gain hands on experience dealing with animals and customers. The clinic is open for business three times a week and is staffed by a visiting practising vet. Vet nursing students assist in handling and caring for animals during these consultation sessions for hands-on experience.
What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?
Graduates can continue their academic studies in one of the following specialist fields:
Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) – No S260
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – No S445
Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become an operator in a companion animal service organisation such as pet shops, kennels, catteries and welfare agencies.
Where can I study this course?
- course details
More information 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 is the study commitment?
- Full time, Part time, External study available
- What is the course duration?
- Two semesters full-time.
- What sort of course is it?
- Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
- Study mode
- FULL-TIME PART-TIME
- What do I learn?
- Certificate III in Companion Animal Services PSC - Full-time as at 08/08/11
Certificate III in Companion Animal Services PSC - International Students as at 08/08/11
- Apply now for fulltime study
What are the entrance requirements?
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 2014 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.
These fees were current as at August 2013. More detailed information is available here
Important dates for applicants are here
(webapps.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/docs/Dates_handout_slip.pdf) The best way to apply for entry to a full-time course is to apply online at :
or alternatively you may complete an Application Form which is available at any public college or the Career Development Centre.
If you miss the dates, are unsure of meeting the entry requirements, or are in financial difficulty, contact (08) 9267 7500 for advice on options. Flexible, Online and External courses usually have ongoing enrolments contact (08) 9267 7500 for for assistance.
You do not have to pay an application fee.
Changes of preference are free of charge.
APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN FIRST SEMESTER OF 2014:
September 02, 2013 Applications available to study full-time in first semester of 2014.
October 18, 2013 Final closing date for courses requiring a folio to be submitted. No applications for these courses are accepted after this date.
December 06, 2013 Final closing date for late applications to be considered in the first round of offers.
January 03, 2014 Closing date for applications to be considered in the second round of offers.
January 09, 2014 First round offer letters issued.
January 21, 2014 Second round offer letters issued.
APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN SECOND SEMESTER OF 2013 (MID-YEAR):
(Not all qualifications are offered in the second semester)
May 01, 2013 Applications available to study full-time commencing mid-year in 2013.
May 29, 2013 Applications for courses requiring a folio close.
June 07, 2013 All other applications to study full-time commencing mid-year close.
June 21, 2013 Mid-year offer letters posted out.
Application Forms and supporting documents [copies of school reports, other qualifications and evidence of work experience] can be lodged at any public college campus or mailed to the Training Admissions Centre address on the back of the Application Form.
First semester runs from February to June (approx); second semester runs from July to December (approx).
Students wanting to enrol in bridging/access programs apply directly to the Polytechnic, not Training Admissions.
Training Admissions contacts successful applicants by letter with details of enrolment dates.
If this course is also offered as an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, please note the normal full-time admissions process does not apply to Apprenticeships or Traineeships. To study as an apprentice / trainee, you must first obtain an apprenticeship / Traineeship with an employer in the Trade. Once you are employed as an apprentice, you can commence your Trade studies with Polytechnic West.