Certificate III in Animal Care Services

Jobs and Skills WA: Animal care courses
Get started in your animal care career!

If you would you love to work with animals, the Certificate III in Animal Care Services is the course for you!

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to set you up for work at kennels, pet stores, rescue shelters or even in pet grooming. It's a great introduction to animal care if you're considering veterinary nursing or even studying to become a vet, or if you're serious about a career in animal care or welfare. You'll learn how to interact safely with different animals and assess their welfare, communication skills, infection controls, and basic animal first aid.

Depending on the training provider you choose, you can choose a study specialisation such as animal care, pet grooming or customer service.

Apprenticeship or Traineeship
VET for secondary students
Industry: Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
National course code: ACM30121 | WA State ID: BGQ8

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Are you looking for a career working with animals?

When you complete the Certificate III in Animal Care Services, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to work in a broad range of roles in the animal care industry, including boarding, dog day care, rescue shelters, pet sitting, dog walking, breeding establishments and other animal businesses.

Our Bentley Campus houses an animal care facility so you will be able to learn animal care in a simulated workplace with a range of animal species including dogs, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, fish, budgerigars, cockatiels, and canaries.

Gain these skills:

  • Identify animal behaviours
  • Interact safely with animals
  • Assess the welfare status of animals
  • Comply with infection control policies/procedures
  • Provide animal first aid
  • Walk and exercise dogs
  • Bath, dry and brush dogs
  • Provide general care for dogs, rodents, rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.