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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 a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in the animal care and management industry in a range of 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 does not offer scored assessment.


ACM20117 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 attendant, pet shop attendant and assistant dog groomer.

Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to three VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Program material

The VCE VET Animal Studies program booklet contains information relating to the qualification approved by the VCAA for delivery to VCE or VCAL students.

It includes advice on the units of competency making up the program and the credit available for VCE and VCAL students.

It also provides advice on Structured Workplace Learning, the ATAR contribution and Pathways to further learning.

VCE VET Animal Studies Program Booklet (published January 2020)
The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package.

Structured workplace learning recognition

The VCAA provides recognition for Structured Workplace Learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.

A Workplace Learning Record booklet for VCE VET Animal Studies is available.

View ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies workplace learning record booklet.

ATAR contribution

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for VCE VET Animal Studies will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10 per cent of the lowest study score of the primary four studies).

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). For more information, visit VTAC