ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

Kick start your career in the animal care industry with this entry-level course. This qualification will qualify you to provide care for animals in kennels, catteries, animal shelters, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as animal attendants and trainers is expected to grow strongly in the future. There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings in this growing occupation over the next five years.

This course will give you an introduction to the animal care industry and teach you how to conduct animal care work practices in an ethical and humane manner. Learn how to complete animal care hygiene routines, feed and water animals, provide basic first aid, and assist in the health care of animals. You'll also gain essential workplace skills in effective workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and environmentally sustainable work practices.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek work as an assistant dog groomer, veterinary assistant, or animal shelter attendant. You'll also be well positioned to continue with further studies in this area.

Study mode

On Campus

Course duration

12 months


100 Bridge Street, Toowoomba Queensland 4350

1030 Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt Queensland 4122

Fitzsimmons Street, Keperra Queensland 4054


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Pet Groomer$960 weekly pay
Animal Attendant$960 weekly pay
Kennel Hand$960 weekly pay
Cattery Attendant$960 weekly pay
Kennel Attendant$960 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Trainee Zoo Keeper$1,300 weekly pay
Wildlife Carer$1,150 weekly pay

Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding.

Enquire with TAFE Queensland to check your eligibility.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

The ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a nationally recognised course delivered by TAFE Queensland, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Payment options

For more information about this course and payment options please enquire now.

About this provider

TAFE Queensland is Queensland's largest, most experienced training provider. TAFE Queensland deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations in Queensland.

Operating since 1998
Legal name TAFE Queensland
RTO code 0275