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VCE VET Animal Studies

The VCE VET Animal Studies program is drawn from a national training package and offers a portable qualification which is recognised throughout Australia. This qualification provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in the animal care and management industry; in areas such as animal control and regulation, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.


The following qualification is available in the VCE VET Animal Studies program:

  • ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies: provides students with the skills and knowledge to enter the Animal Care and Management industry. Employment opportunities reflect roles such as Animal Care Attendant, Animal Shelter Attendant, Kennel Hand, Cattery Attendant, Pet Shop Attendant and Assistant Dog Groomer.

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Credit in the VCE or VCAL

  • ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies: recognition of up to two units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence is not designed as a stand-alone study. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.

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ATAR Contribution

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).

Note: from 2019, increments for unscored VCE VET programs will be calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four. The policy change is outlined in the VTAC Gazette Nov-Dec 2017

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information on the ATAR can be found on the VTAC website: www.vtac.edu.au

The VCE VET Animal Studies program does not offer scored assessment.

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Program information

Program updates and further information

Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Animal Studies program, advice will be published in the VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website. Please visit the VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage