The Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a keeper.
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and hands-on experience through practical experience both within the zoo and at an approved external animal care facility.
10 of these practical days will be arranged for students at Taronga Zoo. Students will be required to attend during regular keeper hours, starting as early as 6.30am and finishing by 4pm). Please note: While practical days are available 7 days per week, we do have limited availability on weekends (due to student demand) and students whose preference is for a weekend should also consider making themselves available on a weekday as a second preference.
Students will be required to organise 5 practical days at another animal care institution approved by Taronga Training Institute (40 hours in total at times suitable to the animal care institution).
ACMOHS201A Participate in OHS processes
ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS202A Participate in Workplace Communications
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205A Assist in the health care of animals
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS210A Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic animal care
ACMCAN311A Care for young animals
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
Note: All 12 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies.
In addition, further study options are available, including:
Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);
Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and
Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)
Please note extra elective units are required to do vet nursing that are not offered by TTI. You can do these units at another RTO www.training.gov.au or develop competencies via practical experience at a veterinary surgery.
All applicants must:
All successful applicants must be available to attend a compulsory orientation evening on Wednesday 25th June 2014 OR Thursday 26th June 2014.
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