Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training (RTO Code 31424)

Careers with Animals

Work with animals and people, as a veterinary nurse, dog trainer, pet groomer, animal attendant, at pet retailing outlets, boarding kennels and catteries and welfare organisations

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Working in the Animal Care Industry

Working with animals has become an increasingly popular career choice for many people. Some people begin working with animals at a very early age as they may instinctively have a desire to care for animals and for some, a hobby can turn into fulfilling career. For others, working with animals is a rewarding career change that allows them to fulfill a lifelong dream and passion.

Animal Care Career

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I have been proud to see several employees further their studies by doing AIRC Certificate I, II and IV. There are excellent notes and the students are required to complete practical exercises for common tasks in a veterinary clinic/ hospital. Best of all it stimulates the students/ mentor to understand why we do the things we do and question whether we should do things differently. It's a useful way for staff to make the transition from assistants, who need to be told what to do, to nurses who now what they should do and why.

Brad Easton, Best Friends Vet Hospital 

Training that Builds Your Career

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The Animal Industries Resource Centre offers a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications to help you achieve your goals. We have a course or nationally recognised qualification to meet your needs. Most qualifications are nationally recognised throughout Australia and some are recognised in other parts of the world.

Discover the career opportunities in this exciting field and get some tips on getting a job in animal care.

If you know what course you want then jump straight to Courses Available in the top menu. Otherwise get an overview of our Animal Industry qualifications below.

Animal Studies courses are generally entry level courses to the veterinary and companion animal industries. You typically will be either studying to gain employment or working as a trainee in the industry. They lead on to higher level qualifications as your job role allows.

Entry Level qualifications (nationally recognised)

Trainee qualifications suitable for entry level work roles.

Veterinary nursing qualifications are for people working with animals in a veterinary clinical setting.

Graduate Qualifications (nationally recognised)

Industry recognised graduate qualifications for veterinary nurses.

Post Graduate Qualifications (nationally recognised)

Take your qualifications to a higher level. For veterinary nurses working in busy general, emergency or specialist practices.

Speciality and Professional Development courses (non accredited)

Learn just what you need or build on your nationally recognised qualifications.

Qualification suitable for managers of reception and customer service delivery.

Graduate Qualifications (nationally recognised)

Terms and Conditions

  • I acknowledge that this enrolment application does not serve as an automatic entry into the nominated course. However, the submission of a fully completed enrolment application form together with appropriate enrolment/tuition fee payment will secure a position in the nominated course subject to full enrolment confirmation from AIRC.
  • Should my application be unsuccessful, the AIRC will reimburse in full the enrolment/tuition fees according to the cancellation policy outlined in the appropriate Student Handbook.
  • I confirm I have read the Student Handbook and accept the terms, conditions and policies outlined within. The handbook is available on our website:
  • I confirm that I intend to gain extra underpinning knowledge and experience by attending the courses and/or working with other fellow staff to achieve current industry standards as outlined in the Animal Care and Management Training Package.
  • I understand that it is at the discretion of the AIRC to assess and verify my level of competence in line with current industry standards.
  • I agree to not reproduce or use my notes or AIRC materials except for use in study and place of employment. All materials are subject to copyright laws.
  • I give permission to AIRC to discuss and report the progress and outcome of my training with my nominated mentor and employer.
  • AIRC are required at times to provide information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) for reporting and auditing purposes.
  • Should your personal or employment circumstances change and you are not able to complete your course, the cancellation policy applies.
  • AIRC reserves the right to change these terms and conditions and the course costs without notice.
  • I give permission to AIRC to include my name in the list of AIRC graduates published in industry publications, such as the AVA and VNCA magazines.

Privacy Notice

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, Provet Pty Ltd T/A Animal Industries Resource Centre is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Your personal information (including the personal information contained on this enrolment form), may be used or disclosed by Provet Pty Ltd T/A Animal Industries Resource Centre for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Provet Pty Ltd T/A Animal Industries Resource Centre may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:

  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and
  • NCVER.

Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:

  • populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
  • pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
  • understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
  • administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted. NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER's website at


Career Paths

The first step to take to ensure you gain the position you want is to complete some animal care studies. We offer a pathway to getting that qualification and the career you desire.

Check out your study options!

If you are not working in the veterinary or animal care industries we suggest commencing at our Certificate I in Animal Studies qualification. You will need to gain some practical experience to successfully complete all of the requirements of this course.

A Certificate II in Animal Studies course requires 8 hours placement in a veterinary or animal care facility for the duration of the course to be successful in completing all practical components.

After completing a Certificate I or II in Animal Studies qualification you could pursue a career in the following:

  • as a trainee veterinary nurse in general practice
  • as an animal care attendant
  • as a pet shop attendant
  • as an assistant dog groomer
  • within the veterinary supplies and pharmaceutical industries

After successfully completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you could develop a career in some of the following:

  • as a clinical nurse in general practice
  • in a specialised veterinary referral centre
  • as a veterinary practice manager
  • in Vocational Education Training (VET) as a trainer and assessor
  • within the veterinary supplies and pharmaceutical industries

After successfully completing a Certificate III or Certificate IV in Companion Animal Studies you could develop a career in some of the following:

  • Pet store assistant or manager
  • Boarding facility assistant or manager
  • Pet groomer

After completing one of the Diplomas in Veterinary Nursing you could develop a career in:

  • advanced clinical nursing in general practice
  • a specialised veterinary referral centre
  • veterinary practice management
  • in Vocational Education Training (VET) as a trainer and assessor
  • the veterinary supplies and pharmaceutical industries

Career Pathways Chart

The qualifications flagged with "E" show possible starting points for Animal Industry qualifications (depends on industry experience and/or prior qualifications)

Career Pathways