ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services


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Training at ACAAS provides you with an outstanding practical hands on learning experience 

Commencing in early 2021 classes will be held 2 evenings a week running from 5:00pm – 8:30pm for 12 months. Small class sizes of 10 students or less ensures a personal and supported learning journey.

You will be trained by highly qualified Veterinary Nurses with decades of experience in the animal care industry.

ACAAS’s training centre is located inside a 1 acre building above WoofPurNay Veterinary Hospital and South Eastern Equine Hospital which sits on 25 acres in Narre Warren North. There will be many practical experiences during class time.

During the course you will experience a 10 day practical placement in the field of animal care that you are passionate about will be arranged for you. The areas available to choose from are, dog grooming, kennel and cattery boarding, pet shop environment and a farm.

Some of the resources you’ll have access to are:

  • Stables and crush – cleaning
  • Small animal surgery – taking the patient’s vital signs
  • Small animal isolation – assist with infection control
  • Pharmacy – learn the common drug schedules
  • Veterinary Reception for sales of nutritional products
  • Dog grooming – hydrobathing
  • Boarding kennel and cattery – feeding, walking, cleaning etc.
  • Hydrotherapy facilities

Just a few of the topics you’ll learn about are:

  • Hydrobathing
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Nutrition
  • Companion animal breeds
  • Infection control

… and many more.

Once you’ve successfully completed this course you’ll be qualified to work as:

  • pet shop / aquarium assistant
  • kennel attendant
  • cattery attendant
  • assistant dog trainer
  • pet exerciser
  • assistant grooming attendant


Would you like to become a Veterinary Nurse? ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services will get you there! 


Move on to further training in these courses:

  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling
  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMCAS302 Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
  • ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bath services
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communication
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid to animals
  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals products and services
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies & procedures in animal work
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health & safety processes

The cost for the delivery of the course is $8000.00; monthly instalment is $889/month for 9 months and will be invoiced after the first month of training.

An initial non-refundable payment of $450 is paid to secure a student’s place following successful Application to Enrol and acceptance of the offer of a place into the course. This payment is made up of the enrolment fee of $200 and $250 for materials supplied. Fees cover all teaching and learning materials, but do not cover costs incurred on work placement and other incidental costs.


Payment inclusions:

  • Uniforms – ACAAS polo shirt
  • Course workbooks
  • Student I.D card
  • Student name badge


Course inclusions:

  • Full tuition as part of a small group with individual support
  • A supportive mentoring system for practical sessions within the boarding facilities at WoofPurNay Hospital for the period of your training
  • Regular progression interviews
  • Networking opportunities within the industry
  • Work experience practical placement provided within the animal care industry