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VCE VET Animal Care

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

For VCE VET program changes that have been approved for 2022 implementation, please see VCE VET program changes for 2022 and 2022 VCE VET program structures (Updated 15 June 2022). This document will be updated progressively as further programs are approved, and detailed changes will be published at a later date on the respective program pages.


ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care: 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 VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Program material

The VCE VET Animal Care 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.

The 2022 VCE VET Animal Care program booklet will be available shortly. Please see the published 2022 VCE VET Program Structures for ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care.

The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the ACM 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 Care is available.

View ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care workplace learning record booklet (docx - 493.74kb).

ATAR contribution

Students who receive a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence for the VCE VET Animal Care qualification will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% 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.