We’ve designed this course to be completed in 12 months.
We find most students need to dedicate at least 8-10 hours per week to study, undertaking the required reading and completing the assessment tasks.
Of course, you can complete the course more quickly if you wish. Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study time past 12 months.
The course is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’.
This allows you the flexibility to study when it suits your schedule. You won’t need to attend any on-campus classes. We’ve designed the course to fit around your work and lifestyle.
Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides, which will guide you through your studies and prepare you for assessments. You’ll also have access to the extra study resources available via our ‘Learning Centre’ online. You will submit assignments through this website too.
Each subject contains various assessment tasks:
- Expect to complete written assessments like assignments, case studies, and reports.
- Multiple choice questions are incorporated into learning activities so you can monitor your progress through the course.
- Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed during your Work Experience Placements. These involve completing skill log books, and some video assessments. Don’t stress, we provide all the necessary instructions for producing the videos.
- On average, expect to submit one short assessment task each week to stay on track.
Three two-week internships are an integral feature of this course. They build up your practical skills and are an essential part of your learning.
You must complete your internships at a veterinary clinic.
For those who need more flexibility, internships can be broken up into smaller, regular chunks as long as you complete a minimum of 30 full time days over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 6 x 1 week blocks). During your internship, you are fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ insurance.
It’s important that you are proactive about finding your own placement – this is a quality potential employers are looking for! They want motivated individuals on their teams so we encourage students to contact clinics themselves. Put your best foot forwards as they say! We do have a Placement Assistance Program in place if you are struggling to locate placement in your area. This includes professionally written cover letters and resumes, as well as utilising our network of Registered Training Clinics. We also offer incentives and thank you gifts to clinics on your behalf.
This will depend on what version of the Certificate III in Animal Studies you have completed. We have had several versions over the years incorporating different units and subjects.
However expect around $2000-3000 off your course cost, and a whole year of study!
Best thing is, you are already studying towards your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so you just finish the ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies as normal, then enrol in the remaining units for the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
In some instances, you may have further credits you can use towards the ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies.
We need to see a transcript first, then we can advise you about your best options and the price reduction you will receive.
Yes! We welcome international students!
As an international student, payments plans are not available. You will be required to pay the full course fee prior to starting. We also do not offer the pay in full discount to international students however we do not charge you extra for resources to be sent to you, or for bank fees.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you can legally perform the practical tasks required in your country. In some countries, like the UK, it is illegal for a non-qualified person to perform some of the practical skills necessary to complete the course. Check with your local veterinary surgeons board.
If you are completing placement, you will also need to arrange your own insurance and provide evidence of this to us.