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ACM20121 VETDSS - Certificate II in Animal Care


2 Years ½ Day/Week


East GeelongWerribee






Full qualification

Entry requirements

  • Attending a secondary school
  • Literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of Year 9
  • Students selecting this course are required to attend full day excursions/incursions.

You will learn

  • Essential animal care skills: handling, health, hygiene, and nutrition
  • Work with a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals
  • Focus on promoting animal welfare and responsible pet ownership
  • Enhance the well-being of animals through enrichment activities and provide valuable information to fulfil their specific care requirements

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will receive:

  • Recognition of up to two VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • ATAR contribution: if you receive a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence you may be eligible for an increment towards your ATAR 
  • Certificate II in Animal Care qualification

Dress code and course materials

Assessment is based on

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Online assignments and quizzes
  • Group projects
  • Full day excursions and incursions for practical assessments

Further study options

      = Guaranteed Gordon pathway course

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

2024 VET Full Year
Werribee (area) 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayDelivered Manor Lake P-12 College
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2024 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


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



Core Units 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
Elective Units 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


Date published: 20/11/2023 4:17:39 PM