Animal care courses

A range of courses and qualifications for a career in the pet care industry

This page lists animal care courses run by Registered Training Organisations. See also online training packages.

If you are currently studying an Animal Care training course you are eligible to receive membership to the Association at the discounted rate for students. See information about joining as a Student Member.

New South Wales

Richmond TAFE

The Animal Care Training Package has changed. Richmond TAFE – Western Sydney Institute, offer the latest accredited courses in:

Professional Dog Grooming Statement of Attainment (10015)

Our Professional Dog Grooming course is for you if you want to develop your own dog grooming business or want to achieve recognition in the dog grooming industry.

Care of Non-Venomous Reptiles TAFE Plus Statement (32000)

This course is designed to assist Pet Shop Managers and Staff prepare for the apllication of a NSW Fauna Dealer (live reptile) Licence, and for people who are housing and caring for reptiles.

Start Your Own Pet Industry Business TAFE Plus Statement (29062)

Do you have a dream of running your own Pet Business? Do you want to be your own boss and indulge your passion and love for animals? This informative workshop will help get your started in establishing your own pet related business.

First Aid/Medication Techniques for Pets Seminar TAFE Plus Statement (29038)

This seminar will provide pet owners and people working in the animal industry with the basic tools to be able to medicate their animals successfully. Also covered will be the basic first aid techniques to enable people to provide first aid.

Natural Therapies For Animals - Herbal Medicine TAFE Plus Statement (27496)

Our Natural Therapies For Animals - Herbal Medicine course introduces participants to how animal massage and natural therapies can benefit your animals, and how these practices may be applied in the home and in the animal workplace.

Natural Therapies For Animals - Animal Massage TAFE Plus Statement (27462)

Our Natural Therapies For Animals - Herbal Medicine course introduces participants to the concept of herbal medicine for animals, and highlights how herbal medicine practices can benefit their animal.

Advanced Reptile - Python, Lizard and Turtle Care TAFE Plus Statement (27628)

The course covers reptile husbandry at an advanced level, and includes python, lizard and tutle husbandry and handling.

Advanced Reptile - Venomous Snake & Crocodile Care TAFE Plus Statement (27627)

The course covers reptile husbandry at an advanced level, and includes venomous snakes (Eladips) and crocodile husbandry and handling.

Dog Grooming - Introduction to Pet Care TAFE Plus Statement (22559)

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to care for dogs of all breeds and ages, and keep them healthy and in good condition.

Microchip Implementation - NSW Identifier Statement of Attainment (10400)

This course provides you with the required training to conduct microchip implantation of dogs and cats in NSW. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply to the NSW Government’s Division of Local Government for authorisation as an…

First Aid for Wildlife TAFE Plus Statement (28441)

In our First Aid for Wildlife course you will learn to provide basic first aid to wild animals prior to seeking veterinary attention.

Clicker Training Your Pet TAFE Plus Statement (29061)

Clicker training is a simple and very effective method of training. It is based on positive reinforcement and is a useful communication tool between trainer and animal. This course will give you the background on how animals learn and how we can…

Introduction To Feline Behaviour - Seminar TAFE Plus Statement (28480)

This course is an introduction into the behaviour of cats and how they communicate. It is suitable for anyone working with cats - vet nurses, cat owners, pet sitters or people considering a career in animal behaviour. This 3 hour seminar is…

Advanced Feline Behaviour - Seminar TAFE Plus Statement (28481)

This advanced course follows the ‘Introduction to Feline Behaviour’ seminar and shows participants how to assess cat behaviour and to modify problem behaviours often seen by Feline Behaviour Consultants. This seminar is aimed at providing highly…

Canine Behaviour Assessment - Workshop TAFE Plus Statement (28975)

This one day intensive workshop is for people who want training in conducting Canine Behaviour Assessments and Temperament Testing. This course provides an overview on the processes involved in conducting behaviour assessment. This course does NOT…

Behaviour Modification and Rehab of Dogs and Cats TAFE Plus Statement (28977)

This one day intensive workshop introduces students to the field of domestic animal behavioural modification. This workshop demonstrates the techniques used by behaviourists and trainers to address common behavioural issues. This course only…

More information can be obtained from…

Helen Bodhill
Phone: 02 4570 903302 4570 9033

Richmond TAFE
Corner of Blacktown Road & Campus Drive

North Coast Institute of TAFE

North Coast Institute – Lismore TAFE will be offering the latest accredited courses in:

  • Animal Attendant
  • ACM30410 Cert III Companion Animal Services
  • Zoo Keeper
  • ACM30310 Cert III Captive Animals
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • ACM30110 Cert III Animal Studies (Stage 1 - Veterinary Nursing)
  • ACM40412 Cert IV Veterinary Nursing (Stage 2 - Veterinary Nursing)
  • ACM50512 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Practice Management)

Face to face training available on campus at Kingscliff, Lismore and Coffs Harbour

Distance training available via Lismore

For detailed course information visit the website

More information can be obtained from:

Sherryn Page - Discipline Team Leader - Animal Sciences

North Coast Institute - Lismore Campus

64 Conway Street LISMORE NSW 2480




TAFE Brisbane North Institute

RUV30304 - Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Students would gain specific skills in animal care including training in the following:

  • Identification
  • Nutrition
  • care and management of dogs, cats and birds
  • reception and office administration
  • grooming and clipping dogs and cats

This course is offered in both full time and part-time mode. You will undertake your training at the Animal Sciences Training Centre at Grovely Campus. This course will take 18 weeks to complete (Full Time).

Students can be expected to attend classes between Monday and Friday from 8am to 5pm.

For more course details click here or call 13 12 48

Grooming Salon open to the public

  • Located at Grovely Campus
  • Open Mondays and Wednesdays (8am - 5pm).
  • Catering for short hair/long hair dogs and cats.
  • Bathing, clipping, flea control and other services available at discounted prices.
  • Bookings essential - call (07) 3259 9153(07) 3354 5587 Monday & Wednesday

Customer Information Centre: 131 248
Web Site:


Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

GOTAFE: Vocational training for careers working with animals

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE offers a range of programs in the companion animal care and veterinary nursing. Training is delivered into workplaces across Victoria and Southern NSW through distance learning and online delivery, as well as face-to-face learning at the Rural Industries Campus in Wangaratta, North East Victoria.

Certificate II in Animal Studies

This course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in animal care. It is designed for school students, volunteers in welfare agencies or shelters, Australian Apprentice-Trainees in Pet Industry workplaces such as pet shops, boarding kennels & catteries, grooming establishments, and in Veterinary Hospitals, and for people who are considering animal care as a career. Students will learn about animal handling, feeding and husbandry in a broad range of animals and the importance of OH &S. Students will gain skills in working with animals and communicating with people to improve their skills for employment in Animal industries.

Program Structure

The Certificate II Animal Studies structure is tailored to suit the needs of the student through an extensive range of elective units. It can be undertaken on-line, on-campus, through workplace based training, or as a blend of these delivery modes. Visit the GOTAFE website for more information

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services provides training for those who are employed (including Australian Apprenticeship-Traineeships) or who are seeking employment in the Companion Animal Industry e.g. Boarding Kennels, Grooming, Pet Shops, Animal Shelter Attendant and Dog Day Care. Students learn how to care for a range of animals, how to be an effective animal care team member, the importance of monitoring and maintaining animal health and welfare, and the importance of OH & S in companion animal businesses. Students can specialize in a number of areas; e.g. grooming, fish care, birds, breeding, business/retail skills, and many others.

Program Structure

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services can be undertaken as a workplace traineeship, or through part-time on-campus study at the new Rural Industries Campus, Wangaratta in combination with Certificate II in Animal Studies, resulting in a double qualification. Visit the GOTAFE website for more information

Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services gives Skills Recognition (RPL) to managers and experienced employees of animal shelters, boarding kennels & catteries, animal breeding, animal training, pet shops, aquarium, aviary and animal grooming businesses. Skills in business management, stock control, animal handling, animal behaviour, animal training, OHS, animal health, grooming, merchandising, animal health, OHS, and the selection, care and sales of animals such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and other pets are covered. Visit the GOTAFE website for more information


Dog Grooming Australia

Accredited dog grooming courses, nationally recognised qualification for new pet groomers and skill recognition for existing groomers.

Dog Grooming Australia has developed Dog Grooming Training Courses and assessment. The courses and assessment have been developed in partnership with The Parramatta College, a Registered Training Organisation (National Provider No. 90276)

Dog Grooming Australia has nationally recognised courses and assessment is based on a national unit of competency - RUV4509A Provide professional companion animal grooming services, from Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services RUV40304. You will be assessed against this unit of competency. On completion of all assessments if you are successful you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment.

Please contact the nearestDog Grooming Australia Training and Assessment centre for further enquiries:

Call Julie on 0423 539 066 or 0466 453 149

Further information can be found at

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