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ACM20121 VETDSS - Certificate II in Animal Care

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

If you are attending secondary school, love animals and the idea of working in an animal care role, this course is the ideal starting point. You will learn how to care for animals in a range of environments, basic animal first aid and gain an understanding of the animal care industry, its products and services. When you complete the course you may gain credit towards your VCE.


Work placement/industry experience

10 days of work placement over two years is strongly recommended. This may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

Possible career outcomes

  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Animal service provider

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Werribee (area) 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Manor Lake P-12 College
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Aged 15 years and over 
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Code Hours
Apply communication skills BSBCMM211 40
Assist in health care of animals ACMGEN204 40
Complete animal care hygiene routines ACMGEN202 30
Feed and water animals ACMGEN203 40
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices ACMSUS201 20
Participate in workplace health and safety processes ACMWHS201 40
Work in the animal care industry ACMGEN201 30
Electives Code Hours
Provide enrichment for animals ACMBEH302 40
Provide general care of domestic cats ACMSPE317 40
Provide general care of domestic dogs ACMSPE316 40
Provide reception services for an animal care facility ACMGEN310 30
Source and provide information for animal care needs ACMGEN205 40

Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 10/01/2023 10:02:26 AM