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Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing

These qualifications prepare you to provide care functions in an animal care workplace, including basic animal nutrition, animal health care, retail service procedures, work health and safety, animal ethics, and handling and transporting animals.

Veterinary nurses work as a part of a veterinary team providing expert nursing care for sick or injured animals. Veterinary nurses also play a large role in educating pet owners in how to care for their pets. Training pathways involve a significant practical element to ensure students graduate ready to enter and actively contribute to the workplace.
 

National ID: ACM20117
State ID: BDN2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Start a career working with animals with the Certificate II in Animal Studies. Learn the skills for care and maintenance of animals.

Are you barking mad for animals?

Do you want to gain experience working with animals? This course is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter, or pet shop.

Gain these skills

The course provides the skills and knowledge required for the care and maintenance of animals in a variety of workplaces. You will learn about the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors. We will provide you with access to practical experience with animals throughout the course.

 

Certificate II
National ID: SFI20119
State ID: BEI8
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
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Certificate II in Aquaculture

Learn the core skills and knowledge in this introduction to the aquaculture industry. 

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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This qualification is the crucial first step towards an exciting career in aquaculture. This course provides students with a range of core skills and knowledge relevant to working in the aquaculture industry. Graduates go on to further studies or working in a range on environments including onshore aquaculture facilities, offshore culture facilities and the ornamental fish industry.

Gain these skills:

  • Handling and harvesting stock,
  • Preparing stock for live transport,
  • Monitoring stock and environmental conditions,
  • Producing algal cultures, and
  • Working effectively in the seafood industry

Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry. In fact, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report in 2018 stating that ‘aquaculture is fastest growing food production sector worldwide’. Typical entry-level jobs for those holding Certificate II include:

  • Australian and overseas aquaculture farms
  • Hatcheries and nurseries   
  • Live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or 
  • Transporters, pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals 

Study style

This course is offered full-time, classroom based in semester 1, and offered via blended, flexible delivery in semester 2.  This enables remote students or students with other commitments to pursue their passion for aquaculture. Flexible delivery includes 2.5 weeks of compulsory practical classes on campus.

Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle:

Fremantle campus features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities. Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

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This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

Certificate II
National ID: SFI30119
State ID: BEI5
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Aquaculture

Expand on your aquaculture skills with advanced aquaculture knowledge.

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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This course is ideal for those looking to expand on the skills and knowledge they gained in Certificate II in Aquaculture. It also comes packed with opportunities to upskill with either boating or diving skills. While a solid foundation in aquatic science is essential, the aquaculture sector prefers to hire staff with additional boating and/or diving qualifications.  

You will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Care for and maintain fish stocks, culture and holding environments 
  • Installing or constructing stock culture or holding structures and other allied structures
  • Assessing and controlling biosecurity and stock health and treating aquatic stock for diseases
  • Monitoring and maintaining water quality
  • Co-ordinating feeding activities, handling and harvesting operations for aquatic stock
  • Operating high technology water treatment components
  • Implementing emergency procedures, occupational health and safety policies and guidelines

Further skills from the maritime industry

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Commanding and operating a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

Specialist facilities in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Our Fremantle campus features a working aquaculture facility with hatchery tanks and filtration systems and is within convenient walking distance to the fishing industry in Fremantle. Our lecturers have a strong relationship with the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR) in the neighbouring facility.

Certificate III
National ID: SFI50119
State ID: BEJ2
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
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Diploma of Aquaculture

Learn the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations for fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries.

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This higher level qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations of fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries. It is suitable for students that hold a certificate 3 in aquaculture or have substantial aquaculture industry experience.

Gain these skills:

  • Developing and implementing a breeding strategy
  • Planning ecologically sustainable practices
  • Biosecurity
  • Managing stock health
  • Developing a stock production plan and
  • Managing an aquaculture research trial. 

You will also learn skills in planning and designing a water supply and disposal system, and stock culture systems and structures. You will learn the skills necessary to supervise and manage staff.

The environments in which our graduates work include:

  • aquaculture farms or fishout/put-and-take operations
  • hatcheries and nurseries
  • live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or transporters
  • pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals

Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle:

Fremantle campus features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities. Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

Diploma
National ID: SFI30119
State ID: AB86
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Aquaculture (Vessel Operations)

Expand on your aquaculture skills with advanced aquaculture knowledge and boating skills.

Delivered at:


Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This course is ideal for those looking to expand on the skills and knowledge they gained in Certificate II in Aquaculture. It also comes packed with opportunities to upskill with either boating or diving skills. While a solid foundation in aquatic science is essential, the aquaculture sector prefers to hire staff with additional boating and/or diving qualifications.  

You will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Care for and maintain fish stocks, culture and holding environments 
  • Installing or constructing stock culture or holding structures and other allied structures
  • Assessing and controlling biosecurity and stock health and treating aquatic stock for diseases
  • Monitoring and maintaining water quality
  • Co-ordinating feeding activities, handling and harvesting operations for aquatic stock
  • Operating high technology water treatment components
  • Implementing emergency procedures, occupational health and safety policies and guidelines

Further skills from the maritime industry

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Commanding and operating a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

Specialist facilities in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Our Fremantle campus features a working aquaculture facility with hatchery tanks and filtration systems and is within convenient walking distance to the fishing industry in Fremantle. Our lecturers have a strong relationship with the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR) in the neighbouring facility.

Certificate III
National ID: ACM30417
State ID: BDM6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Become a kennel attendant, cattery attendant, or animal care receptionist.

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Are you looking for a career talking to the animals?

When you complete the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services you will have what employers are looking for as a kennel attendant, cattery attendant, or animal care receptionist.

Gain these skills:

  • work effectively with companion animals
  • monitor and maintain companion animal health, nutrition & wellbeing
  • animal first aid
  • grooming
  • workplace safety and health
Certificate III
National ID: ACM30617
State ID: BDM7
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Pet Grooming

Fancy a career tidy-up? This course provides training in all aspects of grooming services and qualifies you to work under supervision in a pet grooming salon.

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Enjoy a well-groomed career

This course will provide you with comprehensive training in all aspects of pet grooming services and qualifies you to work under supervision in a pet grooming establishment.

Gain these skills:

  • salon reception and housekeeping duties
  • bathing, brushing, trimming and other grooming services for domestic pets, usually dogs and in some cases cats
  • patience and genuine empathy for animals
  • customer service skills
  • cleanliness and professionalism.

This course builds a strong foundation for future employment in any facility offering pet grooming services including, mobile or shop front salons, veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and pet retail outlets. 

Applicants must have empathy for animals and possess the communication skills and physical ability to successfully perform work placement in the pet grooming industry.

Certificate III
National ID: ACM40418
State ID: BED9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

On completion of a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker. Learn to provide care to a variety of animals.

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Want a career caring for animals?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker.

Gain these skills:

  • work effectively in a veterinary practice
  • provide care to a wide variety of animals
  • assist with surgery preparation and procedures
  • perform pathology and imaging procedures
  • provide post-surgery care and advice
  • workplace safety and health

This course is popular and highly competitive to get into. Please ensure you enter all your work and work experience, both related to the field and unrelated, in your application.

Part time studies – study this course with us part time including one day a week at campus in Semester 1 and one day a week at a workplace in industry. Your work placement must be arranged by you prior to applying to study. To take up this option, revisit here when Semester 1 applications are open.

Certificate IV
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