New animal care course on the way to GOTAFE

Rachel Trusler, a graduate of GOTAFE, works at a dog grooming salon.

GOTAFE will soon be offering a new animal studies course to meet the changing demands of the animal care industry.

Launched in August, a Certificate III in Animal Care Services will provide students with the skills and training needed to work in positions in animal care facilities and services, including boarding, herding, shelters, pet grooming and care.

GOTAFE’s Director of Services and Natural Environment, Andrew McGranahan, said he was delighted to present the new qualification, which he said would better meet the needs of the industry.

“Students will learn practical skills such as how to assess an animal’s welfare status, provide advice on general animal care, basic animal first aid, health and workplace safety, communication skills and promoting well-being in the workplace,” he said.

“These are important skills that will help support the growing workforce in the animal care industry, which faces increased demand as people seek a wider range of options to keep their pets healthy. healthy and happy company.”

The course will replace Certificate III in Pet Grooming and Certificate III in Pet Services.

Students undertaking the new course will be able to specialize in animal care or animal grooming through elective study units.

The new Animal Care Services qualification will be delivered at GOTAFE’s Wallan campus, simulating working in a real animal care environment in an industrial-grade pet grooming salon.

The first admission for the course will begin on August 10.

For more information, people can visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/study/land-animals/animal-sciences/certificate-iii-in-animal-care-services or call 1800 468 223.

Benjamin M. Yerger