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, grooming, horse breeding and veterinary nursing.
The VCE VET Animal Studies program was redeveloped in 2018.
From 2018, new students undertaking Units 1 and 2 of VCE VET Animal Studies will enrol in:
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
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.
In 2018, students continuing into Units 3 and 4 will enrol in:
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
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Credit in the VCE or VCAL
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies: Students who complete ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies will be eligible for up to two units at of credit towards their VCE at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
Students commencing in 2018 and beyond
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies: Students who complete ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies will be eligible for up to two units of credit towards their VCE at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence for VCE VET Animal Studies 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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Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for VCE VET 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:
The VCE VET Animal Studies program does not offer scored assessment.
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For implementation from 2018, Units 1 and 2
For continuing students undertaking Units 3 and 4 in 2018
Program updates and further information
New program transition advice
Advice regarding the transition in 2018 from the VCE VET Animal Studies program drawn from ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies to the new program drawn from ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is available in
VCAA Bulletin Issue 40 (July 2018).
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.