DENTOS Pet Stylist Academy RTO 2875
Do you have a PASSION for ANIMALS?
Course Overview

The Certificate II in Animal Care is an ideal entry point into the animal care and management industry. This qualification prepares students for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as pet shops, animal shelters, kennels, catteries, groomers, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

This course will give you an introduction to the animal care industry and teach you how to conduct animal care work practices in an ethical and humane manner. Learn how to complete animal care hygiene routines, feed and water animals, provide basic first aid, and assist in the health care of animals. You’ll also gain essential workplace skills in effective workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and environmentally sustainable work practices.

The Certificate II in Animal Care is a pathway into other qualifications such as the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Course Details

Timeline: Up to 12 months to complete

Delivery: Online, Classroom and/or Work Placement

Work Placement: minimum 10 full days (80 hours)

Assessments: Online Theory Assessments, Practical Assessments and Work Placement

Nationally Accredited: YES

Course Title & Code: ACM20121 Certificate II Animal Care

Course Brochure

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Course Delivery

The course program is taught using a blended approach (online & work placement).
The theory (knowledge) is taught and assessed via our online learning platform. This allows students to start study at anytime and learn the required knowledge prior to attending the academy for the practical training.

Once the student has completed their theory study and assessments, they are then able to commence their practical training. The practical training is taught during work placement or volunteer work. A minimum of 10 days (80 hours) is required to complete the training and practical assessments for the Certificate II Animal Care.

For those wanting a more intensive program, they are able to attend the academy on the Gold Coast for a 2-week practical training block.


Course Investment: $3,500

Payment Plan Options:

  • Full Course Payment

  • Direct Debit Plan

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Government Assistance: If you’re studying, training or doing an Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for 1 of 3 Government Assistance payments.


  • Youth Allowance (age 16-24 years)

  • Austudy (age over 25 years)

  • ABSTUDY (Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander)

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What you will learn

Theory (knowledge) Subjects:

•    The Pet Industry
•    Animal Welfare and Legislation
•    Workplace Health and Safety
•    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
•    Customer Service and Communication
•    Cleaning and Disinfection
•    Zoonoses and Infection Control
•    Environmental Sustainability
•    Animal Kingdom
•    Dog Breeds
•    Coat Types and Colour
•    Life Stages of a Dog
•    Dog Behaviour

•    Dog Nutrition
•    Cat Breeds
•    Cat Coat Types and Colour
•    Life Stages of a Cat
•    Cat Behaviour
•    Cat Nutrition
•    Feeding Companion Animals
•    Companion Animal Health
•    Pet First Aid
•    Animal Handling and Restraint
•    Animal Enrichment
•    Tools and Equipment
•    Bathing, Drying and Brushing

Practical (Hands-On) Subjects:


•    Client Services
•    Reception
•    Financial Transactions
•    Telephone Booking
•    Staff Inductions
•    Dog Handling of all sizes
•    Cat Handling

•    CPR On Dogs
•    First Aid Treatments for Dogs
•    Workplace Hazards and Injury Prevention
•    Nail Trimming
•    Bathing Various Dog Breeds
•    Drying Various Dog Breeds
•    Feed and Hydrate Companion Animals
•    Animal Care Routines

Units of Study

ACMGEN201    Work in the animal care industry
ACMGEN202    Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203    Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204    Assist in health care of animals
ACMSUS201      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS201    Participate in workplace health and safety processes
BSBCMM211      Apply communication skills
ACMGEN309    Provide basic animal first aid 
ACMGEN310     Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGRM201    Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs 
ACMSPE316      Provide general care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE317       Provide general care of domestic cats

Student Handbook

Student handbook:

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