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Nationally Recognised Training

This qualification is delivered by ACAC on behalf of the University of Queensland, trading as UQ Skills, RTO ID: 1511.
UQ Skills is the Principal RTO and this course is on the UQ Skills scope of registration, as documented through a written third party agreement. For more information refer to the FAQ.

Elevate your animal care capabilities with the ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Animal Care), a comprehensive course designed to refine your skills in caring for companion animals across various settings including shelters, pet shops, boarding facilities, and home environments.

This qualification offers a robust foundation for those starting or advancing their career in animal care. Available for direct entry or as a progression from the Certificate II in Animal Care or Studies, it covers essential aspects such as preventative healthcare, general husbandry, infection control, and nutrition. This course prepares you to handle the practical demands of animal care in professional environments.

To ensure you gain the hands-on experience essential for success, you will need to complete at least 10 days of work experience at an approved animal care facility. This practical component enhances your learning and readies you for real-world challenges.

Study on your terms with our flexible distance education format.

Courses are delivered through our Online Learning Centre, allowing you to learn at your own pace. Printed learner’s guides are provided, and our dedicated Animal Care Educators are available to support you every step of the way. Dive into a fulfilling career path with confidence and the right expertise through the ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Animal Care).

This ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Animal Care) is offered by UQ Skills (RTO 1511) with the expert training, assessment, recruitment and support services provided by ACAC.

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  • Delivered through our intuitive online ‘Learning Centre’ along with printed learner’s guides, this course is designed to seamlessly integrate into your school, life, and work schedule.
  • The flexibility of this course allows you to study wherever you are, no need to attend campus.
  • The practical component can be completed at an animal care workplace near you, ensuring that you gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting that’s conveniently accessible.

What Will I Study in the

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Animal Care)?

Please note: You can get credit for some subjects if you’ve already completed a Certificate II in Animal Care or Studies. Talk to us for more information, as this will vary from student to student.

Complete the following core subjects:

Animal Handling

This subject equips you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for effective animal handling across a variety of species. Learn the fundamentals of working safely and compassionately with animals, including the proper use of handling equipment and transport methods. Detailed training covers specific techniques for managing dogs, cats, birds, other domestic species, and wildlife. This comprehensive approach ensures you are well-prepared to handle different animals in various care settings, emphasizing safety and minimizing stress for both the animals and handlers.e.

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Health and safety are vital aspects of working in any animal care workplace. We’ll introduce you to Work Health and Safety legislation and how it applies to employees, and teach you the basics of risk management and controls. We’ll also show you how to deal with sharps, allergies, noise, dangerous chemicals and drugs, emergencies, biological hazards and zoonoses. Then we’ll finish off with a closer look at animal hazards and manual handling when it comes to animal care workplaces and how you can minimise injury.

Master the art of effective communication within the animal care environment in this comprehensive subject. You’ll explore various aspects of communication, including verbal and non-verbal cues, as well as written and digital correspondence, essential for maintaining professional interactions. Understand the importance of privacy and confidentiality in handling sensitive information. Enhance your teamwork skills with focused training on team communication, managing meetings and discussions, and resolving complaints and conflicts. Additionally, this subject covers common workplace calculations and veterinary terminology to equip you with the practical skills needed for precise communication in animal care settings.

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This subject delves into the critical components of animal welfare, providing a deep understanding of the laws, social aspects, and ethical considerations that define the field. Begin with an exploration of animal welfare legislation and the societal influences on welfare practices. Learn about industry-specific welfare concerns and the ethical frameworks that guide decision-making. Study comprehensive welfare models such as the Five Freedoms, Five Domains, and Quality of Life, which provide structured approaches to assessing and enhancing animal welfare. Additionally, this course introduces industry-specific assessment tools to evaluate the welfare standards in various animal care settings, ensuring you are well-prepared to advocate for and contribute to the wellbeing of animals.

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Gain crucial skills in animal first aid to effectively respond in emergency situations. This subject teaches you to recognise the signs of an emergency, identify potential hazards, and perform basic first aid procedures to stabilise animals in distress. Learn the best practices for safely transporting animals to a veterinary clinic, ensuring they receive professional care as quickly as possible. This course is vital for anyone working with animals, providing the knowledge and techniques needed to act swiftly and responsibly in critical moments.

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This subject offers an in-depth exploration of practical animal husbandry, essential for anyone working in animal care. Gain insights into the daily operations within animal care facilities, focusing on health care, hygiene practices for housing, and individual animal cleanliness. You’ll learn about regular husbandry routines that ensure the wellbeing of animals under care. The course also covers critical skills such as making observations, administering treatments, keeping accurate records, conducting physical examinations, and administering medications. Furthermore, you will study the importance of maintaining security and managing stock within a care facility. This comprehensive overview equips you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality care and maintain the health and safety of animals.

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This subject is crucial for understanding and implementing effective infection control measures in animal care settings. It begins with an introduction to basic microbiology and the mechanisms of disease transmission. Learn about standard precautions including hand hygiene, proper waste disposal, and the use of cleaning chemicals to maintain a sterile environment. The course emphasizes the importance of clinic and equipment hygiene, food safety, and the operations of isolation wards to prevent the spread of infections.

This subject is designed to address the critical aspect of self-care and wellbeing for those working in the animal care industry. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining personal health and ethical considerations within the workplace. You will explore emotional intelligence and resilience, understanding how these skills can help manage the mental health challenges commonly faced in animal care settings. The course also discusses the emotional toll when working directly with animals, particularly in distressing situations, and the unique challenges posed by interactions with clients or colleagues. Learn effective strategies for handling personal responses to challenging circumstances and developing a robust self-care routine. By the end of this subject, you will be equipped to create a personalised action plan that ensures your wellbeing while fulfilling your professional responsibilities in animal care.

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This subject provides a comprehensive overview of the dietary needs and feeding strategies across a wide range of animal species. It starts with an exploration of feeding taxonomies and the natural feeding behaviours of different animals. Gain an understanding of the essential nutrients required for various species and the factors that influence their nutritional needs. Learn about different feeding regimes and strategies, and how to interpret pet food types and labelling accurately. Detailed sections on species-specific nutrition cover canines, felines, equines, pocket pets, birds, reptiles, and wildlife. You’ll also address critical issues such as obesity and weight loss programs, ensuring the health and well-being of animals in animal care facilities and beyond. This subject equips you with the knowledge to provide optimal nutritional support for animals under your care, whether in a clinical, shelter, or domestic environment.

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This subject delves into the vital role of enrichment in promoting healthy behaviour and overall well-being in animals. Begin with an introduction to both behavioural and environmental enrichment, understanding how these elements influence animal behaviour positively. Explore common maladaptive behaviours and identify their causes. Learn the key elements of effective enrichment strategies that can mitigate these behaviours. Finally, apply your knowledge by designing an enrichment program tailored to specific animal needs, enhancing their physical and psychological health. This course is essential for anyone looking to improve the quality of life for animals in their care.

This subject offers an in-depth exploration of the anatomical structures and physiological processes of multiple species, covering all 11 body systems. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how these systems function individually and interact within different animals. This includes the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems, among others. Through detailed study, you’ll learn to identify species-specific anatomical features and understand the variations in physiological mechanisms across various animal types. This knowledge is crucial for anyone looking to enhance their competency in animal care, veterinary medicine, or related fields, providing a solid foundation for advanced studies and practical applications.

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To ensure you really understand what you are learning, and master the necessary practical skills, you will undertake 10 to 20 days (8 hrs each) of work placement in an approved workplace. Required days will vary depending on the units you select.

We are very flexible – you can change the structure of the placement to suit you and the workplace, whether you do a day a week, or blocks of weeks.

Prior to starting your placement, you must successfully complete both the WHS and Handling Animals subjects, and the placement arrangement forms.

And then select 5 unit credits from the following subjects:

Sourcing Good Information (1 unit credit)
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Master the art of sourcing and managing information critical to animal care. This subject teaches you how to identify and obtain relevant data, including detailed medication information essential for ensuring proper care. Learn the skills needed to effectively communicate vital information to clients, ensuring they have the knowledge to support their pets’ health. You will also gain proficiency in maintaining accurate workplace records and navigating microchip registries, which are crucial for the management and identification of animals. This subject equips you with the knowledge and tools to handle information responsibly and efficiently in any animal care setting.y.

This subject delves into the practical aspects of handling financial transactions in an animal care setting, focusing on the skills needed for efficient and accurate payment processing. Learn how to operate point-of-sale equipment and follow proper sale procedures to ensure smooth transactions. You’ll gain expertise in invoicing, record keeping, and calculating sales to maintain accurate financial records. The course also covers the essentials of taking payments, managing post-sale procedures, and executing refunds and exchanges. Further, you will learn how to balance the terminal at the end of the day and perform reconciliation to ensure that all transactions are accounted for correctly.

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This subject is specifically tailored to provide comprehensive knowledge on avian care, addressing the unique requirements of various bird species. Starting with an overview of different avian species, the course explores basic avian anatomy to give students a foundational understanding of their physical structure. Key aspects of proper housing and husbandry are discussed to ensure safe and suitable living conditions. Environmental enrichment techniques are covered to enhance the well-being and behavioural health of birds in captivity. The course also delves into general healthcare, emphasising preventive measures and routine care to maintain optimal health. Nutrition is thoroughly examined to equip students with the ability to provide species-appropriate diets. Additionally, safe practices for the transport and handling of birds are taught to minimise stress and ensure safety during movements.

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Dive into the fascinating world of reptiles with this subject designed to provide a thorough understanding of various reptilian species. Begin with an introduction to the Reptilia class, covering essential characteristics and adaptations. Explore specific details about common lizard, non-venomous snake, and chelonian species, enhancing your ability to identify and care for these animals properly. Learn about the optimal housing and habitat setups that mimic natural environments and promote healthy living conditions. Environmental enrichment and understanding natural behaviours are emphasised to ensure reptiles remain active and engaged. The course also covers general healthcare practices, focusing on preventive care and common health issues faced by reptiles. Nutrition is discussed in depth, teaching you how to meet the dietary needs of different species. Lastly, safe transport and handling techniques are explored to ensure the well-being of reptiles during movements.

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Explore specialised care techniques for rabbits and rodents, covering breed identification, anatomy, and tailored husbandry practices. Learn the nuances of rabbit and rodent behaviour to provide environments that promote natural activities. Master safe handling, restraint techniques, and proper nutrition for each species to ensure their health and well-being. This subject provides a focused approach to the effective management and care of these small but complex animals.

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Delve into sustainable practices within the animal care industry. This subject starts with an understanding of relevant regulations and foundational information on sustainability in animal care settings. Learn to critically analyze current practices and identify areas for improvement. The course focuses on setting achievable sustainability goals and provides strategies for effectively monitoring performance to ensure these objectives are met. This approach helps integrate environmental responsibility into everyday animal care practices.

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Gain expertise in hydrobathing and grooming animals, focusing on safety, animal welfare, and client service. This subject covers WHS protocols specific to bathing and grooming environments, monitoring animal behaviour for signs of stress, and considering each animal’s specific needs during grooming. Learn about the necessary equipment, preparation techniques, brushing, and basic grooming methods. The subject also teaches how to provide grooming advice to clients, create grooming plans, and maintain client cards. 

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Don’t live in Australia? That’s no barrier to studying with us. We’re more than happy to have you as a student, and we don’t charge huge fees either. Before enrolling with us, we’d like you to be fully informed. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

Additional Information on the ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Animal Care)

Entry Requirements

Direct entry available!

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent (such as a Certificate II level qualification).
  • Be able and willing to undertake the vocational placements at appropriate animal care facilities (10-20 days required depending on the units you select). You don’t need this organised before enrolling, but you must be able to commit to undertaking the placements.

Enrolling could not be easier!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Enter in all your details and press submit.
  3. Wait for our Educators to review your application – takes about a business day – then check your email for your enrolment pack. (You might need to check your spam folder).
  4. Fill out the forms in the enrolment package, and post or email it back into us.

Once we have confirmed your payment and enrolment (within a few days), you will receive an email containing your online access details. You can get started straight away! Your printed learner’s guides will be couriered out after you complete your student induction.

What’s my investment?

Option 1: Save $300 when you pay in full – Pay only $6430!

Save $300 when you pay for your course in full, up front. Reduce the stress of having payment plans to juggle and just concentrate on your study. International students do not receive the discount (as we allocate those funds to additional postage and bank charges).

Option 2: Spread out the cost on an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

You can also choose to pay for your course through a payment plan. Please note, however, that we can’t graduate you until you’ve paid for your course in full, and even if you decide to not continue the course, you must still pay as per the payment plan.

Secure your place with the first instalment of $496. Then pay just $415.60 /month for 15 months, starting 30 days later for a total of $6730.

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Payment Plans are only available to Australian residents. Overseas based students must pay in full prior to starting.
  2. If you fly through the course and finish early, you must pay for your course in full before a certificate is issued.
  3. If you decide the course is not for you and want to withdraw, you must still pay for the course cost in full. If you have issues with the course, we urge you to talk to us before withdrawing – we have many solutions!
  4. Your payment plan will start 30 days after your enrolment is activated and then will be every month until paid in full. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only.
  5. It’s important to contact us if you are struggling with your payments – if you fall behind by 14 days or more without making alternative arrangements, you may be withdrawn from the course.

Prices current from 11th May 2024. All prices include resource fees, tuition costs, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass an assignment after two attempts, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you need longer than 18 months to complete the course.

Start anytime it suits you!

We start off new students on the first Monday of every month except December. Enrolments close on the 15th of the month prior.

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 17 units of competency. Seven of these are core units, 4 are set to be awarded the Animal Care stream, and the remaining 6 units are electives. Some of your electives are set within our course structure and cannot be changed. 

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMGEN303 Assess the welfare status of an animal
  • ACMGEN304 Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
  • ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid
  • ACMGEN315 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Your set electives are:

  • ACMBEH302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGEN311 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGEN312 Provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMGEN314 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • BSBXTW301 Work in a team

And you can choose from the following units to complete your qualification (5 units required)

  • SIRRRTF001 Balance and secure point-of-sale terminal with SIRXSLS002 Follow point-of-sale procedures (2 units)
  • ACMGRM201 Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs with ACMGRM303 Provide sanitary and hygiene grooms for companion animals (2 units)
  • ACMSPE314 Provide general care of birds
  • ACMSPE321 Provide general care of non-venomous reptiles
  • ACMSPE322 Provide general care of rodents or rabbits
  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

You have up to 18 months to complete the course. We recommend dedicating at least 10 hours per week to your studies, which should provide ample time for required readings and assessments. If you are able to progress more quickly, you may finish the course in less time.

Please note that additional fees will be incurred if you need to extend your study period beyond 18 months.

This distance education course is delivered through our Online Learning Centre, complemented by printed learner’s guides sent directly to you at no additional cost. The online format provides the flexibility to study around your own schedule and lifestyle without the need for on-campus attendance.

Upon course commencement, you will receive printed learner’s guides that provide a structured, step-by-step approach to your studies and prepare you for assessments. Additionally, our Online Learning Centre offers a wealth of extra study resources. You will also use this portal to submit your assignments.

The assessment for each subject involves a variety of tasks designed to evaluate your understanding and application of the material. These may include written assignments, case studies, projects, and practical assessments, which can be completed through video recordings or live via Zoom. Practical skills are assessed in the workplace during your work placement.

Completing the vocational placements (work experience) is an integral feature of our courses, designed to build up your practical skills and make you work ready. You’ll be required to find you own placements, but we’ll also assist where we can, and help you with vital tools such as writing cover letters and resumes.

Plan to do your 10 to 20 days of placement at animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet shops or other animal-related workplaces. Some students may require additional days of work experience to complete the skills component of the course. We can arrange for this at no extra charge. Total days required will depend on the units you select.

For flexibility, you can break up your placements into smaller chunks – just as long as you complete the minimum days required over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 4 x 1-week blocks). During your placement, you’re fully covered by the RTO’s insurance.

Ready to learn more? After you’ve completed this course you can move on to:

  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse Solutions, trading as the Australian College of Animal Care (‘ACAC’), has a third party arrangement with UQ Skills which is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). UQ Skills is a business within the University of Queensland under the Faculty Science. In this arrangement, UQ Skills is the ‘Principal RTO’.

For more information about our third party partner UQ Skills, go to: or

At all times, the Principal RTO is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment you will receive in compliance with Standards for RTOs 2015, and for the issuance of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification documentation. These Standards set out the requirements that an organisation must meet in order to be an RTO and ensure the integrity and quality of nationally recognised training provided by registered training organisations.

What does this mean for students?

Who are students enrolled with?

Students are enrolled with UQ Skills as the principal RTO.

Who do students do training and assessment with?

All training is conducted by ACAC on behalf of UQ Skills, the principal RTO. All learning and assessment materials are developed by ACAC and approved by UQ Skills.

Who do the trainers and assessors work for?

All trainers and assessors are employed by ACAC, but are approved by UQ Skills.

What if a student needs to make a complaint?

In the first instance you can provide feedback and make a complaint directly to us, ACAC at [email protected]. You are also able to make a complaint or provide feedback directly to the Principal RTO, UQ Skills directly, at: [email protected].

Who issues qualifications and statements of attainment?

On successful completion of all course requirements students are provided with the appropriate qualifications and statements of attainment issued by the Principal RTO, The University of Queensland, trading as UQ Skills, RTO ID: 1511.

What if a student needs to have a qualifications or statement of attainment reissued?

Students can contact either ACAC and we can assist you to organise this. You are also able to directly contact UQ Skills to obtain a new copy of a certificate.