If you’re passionate about animals, a Certificate III in Animal Studies could be the perfect foot in the door to a career in animal-related fields. Whether you hope to work with animals directly as a veterinarian or animal caretaker or you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote their welfare through research, education or advocacy, there are many options available once you have your qualification.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at just some of the possibilities that a Certificate III in Animal Studies can open up for you.
What is a Certificate III in Animal Studies and how do I obtain the qualification?
The Certificate III in Animal Studies is a vocational education and training (VET) qualification that can be completed both online and offline at registered training organisations (RTOs). The course typically takes around 6-9 months to complete, although the length may vary slightly depending on the RTO and mode of study.
To obtain a Certificate III in Animal Studies, you will need to successfully complete all units of study. These units cover a range of topics such as animal husbandry, health and welfare, nutrition, handling and restraint, customer service work safety and more. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a nationally-recognised qualification that will allow you to pursue a career in animal-related fields.
What sort of career options are available to me with this qualification?
Graduates of the Certificate III in Animal Studies can work in a variety of settings, including animal shelters, veterinary clinics, pet stores and more. According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook Service, the animal industry has “strong” future growth prospects, which means that those who have completed the Certificate III in Animal Studies will have plenty of exciting career opportunities.
Some popular job roles within the animal industry include:
- Animal attendant or carer
- Veterinary nurse
- Assistant groomer
- Kennel manager
- Jobs with horses (Stablehand/horse groomer)
What qualifications can I study after?
After completing Certificate III in Animal Studies, you may be interested in furthering your skills, knowledge and professional advancement opportunities by studying:
- ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – this course will give you advanced qualifications to work as a veterinary nurse in a clinic, hospital or animal shelter
- ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services – this course is for those wanting jobs with dogs, as professional dog groomers, dog trainers, pet minders/sitters and pet shop assistants
- ACM40117 Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation – this course will give you the skills and knowledge to work as an animal control officer or inspector in a variety of animal-related industries
It is important to note that each qualification offers different pathways and job opportunities, so it is important that you do your research before making any decisions about your future study options.
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