Certificate II in Animal Studies


This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities.

Completion of the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies as a prerequisite is one option for entry into the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This program provides a pathway so you will be eligible to progress into the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Entry into this program is limited to students who are enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. 

Entry requirements

Entry into this program is limited to students who are enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.  

Many of our Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students will need to enrol into and complete the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies prior to enrolling into the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

However, the great news is that we have adjusted our program to ensure you can meet these needs and still achieve the two qualifications during the duration of your Bachelor of Veterinary Technologydegree. 


Due to the additional required qualification, we have had to include a fee for its delivery.  However, we are doing our best to keep that cost at a minimum for you. The cost for the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies will be $990.  This can be split into multiple payments if required over the year that it will be delivered in. 

On successful completion of the Certificate II some units will credit transfer into the Certificate IV, which will reduce the cost, which has already been offered at a heavily reduced rate.  For students who have completed the entire Certificate II with us the cost of the Certificate IV will be $2,550. 

Therefore, for both qualifications over the three years of your degree you will need to pay $3,540. If successful in your studies, you will graduate with two industry recognised qualifications that will be of great benefit to your future employment in the veterinary industry.

Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 12 units of competency, comprising:
  • 8 core units plus
  • 4 elective units.

Core units 

  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes

Elective units

  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

These four elective units will credit into our Certificate IV delivery which then reduces the cost of the Certificate IV.

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UQ Skills policies are all outlined in the 2020 Student HandbookInformation about all our programs can be found in the 2020 Programs Guide.

Unique Student Identifier Information (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

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How to apply

Applications are made directly through UQ Skills. Contact us to find out more.


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery mode

Internal or external

Entry requirements/prerequisites

You must be enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology 

This program is not available to international students.

Fees for ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

Full enrolment - $990

Cost per unit - $82.50

Fees for ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies and ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

For students who will enrol and complete the two qualifications with UQ Skills the fee overall will be:

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies - $990 (4 x credit transfers applied)

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - $2,550

Total cost of two qualifications = $3,540