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The Taronga Wildlife Hospital treats over 1200 injured or orphaned animals each year. Many of these animals are brought in by a caring member of the public.

If you came across an injured animal, would you know what to do?

Animal First Aid is a two day course that will teach you the fundamentals of how to deal with an injured animal, the basic first aid techniques and what to do next. It will give you the confidence to provide basic initial emergency care. An accredited assessment pathway is offered during this course if desired. Successful completion of all assessment tasks (some of which will require additional work outside of the 2 day course time frame), participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment* for the following two Units of Competency:

ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic first aid for animals

This unit of competency covers the process of rescuing and restraining animals and providing basic animal care. It requires the demonstration of knowledge and skills to identify situations where assistance is required in the rescue of animals and the management of animals stress and injuries.

ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals

This unit of competency covers the process of providing essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic life support measures. The first aider is not expected to deal with complex casualties or incidents, but to provide an initial response where first aid is required. Providing basic first aid for animals requires the ability to respond positively to emergencies in line with practised actions and demonstrate basic first aid casualty management principles. It also requires knowledge of the use of safe work practices, the animal emergency network, and first aid casualty management principles and zoonotic diseases.

*If you do not wish to complete all assessments, you will not be eligible for the issue of a nationally recognised statement of attainment but instead will receive a certificate of attendance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum age requirement for this course is 16 years of age.

To be eligible for the issue of a Statement of Attainment for the units ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals and ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic first aid you must provide proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete all assessments associated with this course. Please note: If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident you are welcome to participate in the course but we are not able to issue you with a statement of attainment for the completion of the course at this time. Note about assessments: Some of the assessments associated with this course will be completed while the student is attending the course, others will require work in your own time and need to be submitted after the course has finished.

Where is the course held?

Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.

Dates and times for 2016*

The course is presented over two-days - 9.00am to 5.00pm.

  • Dates for 2016 coming soon! To register your interest, email
 *Dates subject to change and pending minimum numbers 


$495 per person.

If you have any  questions or would like to express your interest in enrolling please email