GOTAFE graduate Rachel Trusler working at a dog grooming salon. ​

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

Launching in August, a Certificate III in Animal Care Services will provide students with skills and training to work in roles in animal care facilities and services including boarding, breeding, shelters, pet grooming and pet sitting.

GOTAFE services and natural environment director Andrew McGranahan said he was excited to introduce the new qualification, which he said would better address the needs of the industry.

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

“These are important skills that will help support the growing workforce in the animal care industry, which is facing increased demand as people are looking for a broader range of options to keep their pets healthy and happy.”

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

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

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

The first intake 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.

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