Diploma of Animal Technology / Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) - Uni of Adelaide Pathway

TAFE SA Code: DP10243

Study pathway: Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50119)


Learn how to care for animals in a scientific, biomedical research, teaching, or production setting with this industry-standard qualification. You’ll gain the skills you need to work as a senior technician, animal house supervisor, or facility manager. Learn about containment and exclusion, anaesthesia, non-surgical procedures, compliance, animal health and wellbeing, enrichment, nutritional requirements, simple breeding procedures, and workplace safety. Further your studies after successful completion of the Diploma with a direct pathway to a Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) at the University of Adelaide. It’s your career, you choose where it will take you with TAFE SA.

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3 years 

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Animal Technician

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET student loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an additional cost of $90.00 for Scrub top and Department of Agriculture biosecurity training.

Please note that fees and funding status only apply to the initial TAFE SA qualification. Check the course page or relevant university website for details on the secondary qualification.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • You will receive an offer to both TAFE SA and University, with the University offer being conditional on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification.
    • You can rest assured you have secured your University offer, pending successful completion of the TAFE SA award.
    • No further application will be required.
    • You will receive credit for TAFE SA studies allowing you to complete two awards dependent on the pathway selected.
    • If accepted, you will receive an offer to TAFE SA and-on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification-an offer to University with no further application required.
    • Important Note: The listed awards are reviewed and changes may occur without notice. Dual Offers are available only to Australian and New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent visas.
    • View our Uni Dual Offer Courses list
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job role titles covered by this qualification may include Biomedical technician, Laboratory technician, Animal technician, Zoo keeper, Animal welfare officer, Veterinary technician.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50119)
    This qualification provides skills in containment and exclusion, anaesthesia, non-surgical procedures, compliance, animal health and wellbeing, enrichment, nutritional requirements, simple breeding procedures and workplace safety. To complete this qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out advanced breeding procedures 40
    Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal 80
    Communicate effectively with clients and team members 30
    Conduct euthanasia of research animals 30
    Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals 60
    Manage and maintain the health of research animals 80
    Manage compliance in animal technology 30
    Manage workplace health and safety processes 80
    Monitor and maintain containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities 60
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals 60
    Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals 60
    Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits 40
    Provide enrichment for animals 40
    Work within an animal technology facility 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Comply with industry animal welfare requirements 40
    Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work 100
    Prepare for and assist with aseptic animal surgery 80
    Prepare tissue and cell cultures 50
    Provide basic care of common native mammals 40
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