Animal Care

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A caring animal future

Do you love animals? Do you want a career that makes a difference to the lives of animals and the people who depend on them?


Sydney TAFE animal care courses can lead to a career working with companion animals, wild and captive animals. You could become a veterinary nurse, dog trainer, zookeeper, dog groomer, or wildlife carer.


Sydney TAFE is the leading provider for animal care education in Australia. Our animal care courses can grow your affinity for animals into a great career.

Sydney TAFE and your animal care career

Sydney TAFE gives you the advantage whatever the stage of your career.

  • Leaving school? You can get your paw in the door and start your animal care career with the basics, and grow from there.
  • Launching your career? Our courses are aimed at introducing you to a career in animal care, and giving you the skills to go anywhere.
  • Time for a change? Sydney TAFE is the leading provider for animal care education in Australia, so if you’re ready for change, we have the course for you.

Flexible and fast-track options

Sydney TAFE can recognise your knowledge and life/work experience so you finish your qualification faster.
If you are already working in the industry and want to build on your career, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) so you don’t have to study what you already know.

Our animal care courses may also be offered online, meaning even more flexibility and choice.

Build new career skills

Sydney TAFE offers you the opportunity of adding value to your skill-set through other programs, from specialist short courses in dog training and dog handling to certificates-level courses in veterinary nursing and companion animals services

You may be interested in other Sydney TAFE career areas

  • Small Business Management and Office Administration
  • Aged Care and Nursing
  • Laboratory Sciences

Industry partners include:

RSPCA | Dogs at Play | Hills Science | Mogo Zoo Featherdale Wildlife Park | Featherdale Wildlife Park | Tidbinbilla Wildlife Sanctuary


Industry facts sourced from: Service Skills Australia Environmental Scan 2014; Job Outlook, Australian Government Department of Employment;

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