Animal Care Course

THIS COURSE IS open to students, 11 – 16 years OF AGE who love animals and want to learn more about working in the animal industry. Students gain real-life industry experience and animal care skills in A fun and rewarding environment.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and practical skills in the areas of dog obedience training, hydrobathing and basic grooming.

Knowledge and skills in the areas of companion animal care including basic vet care. Understanding the needs of dogs and cats in a refuge facility and how AWLQ Animal Attendants care for these particular needs on a daily basis.

Understanding how the AWLQ rehoming centre functions (including a behind the scenes tour of refuge facilities and animal hospital) and how the AWLQ assists animals in need within the community.

Course Overview

Students work through a range of hands-on components, taught by AWLQ Education Officers. The course is 5 contact hours held over a day (9:30am – 2:30pm). Those who demonstrate the outcomes of the course receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course.

Course Content

Practical Components:

  • Basic Dog Obedience Training Skills
  • Dog Hydrobathing
  • Cat Behaviour and Handling
  • Small Animal Care
  • Vet Care for Shelter Animals

All students receive a complete Course Content Book, with theory to support the practical work for further reading.

Course Structure

The course takes a minimum enrolment of 8 students and a maximum of 20. This allows our education officers and instructors to teach to small groups. Sessions will be delivered as a combination of both whole group and small group lessons.

Course Costs

The cost of the course is $70 per student* for the day. This price includes all learning resources, course content booklets, dog training and hydro-bathing resources and graduation certificate.

Lunch is not included and students must bring their own food for each day.
Students must wear long pants and closed in shoes. 

For more information, please email our education department at or call 07 5509 9034.

One Day Animal Care Course Information Sheet

Dates for the upcoming one day animal care courses at the AWLQ gold coast rehoming centre are:

In response to the increasing concern regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Animal Welfare League Queensland is implementing a series of plans to mitigate the risks associated with this.

This includes temporarily suspending our School Holiday Programs.

These proactive measures are being taken in an effort to keep our animals, staff, volunteers, and customers safe, follow the recommendations of health officials, and allow our team to focus on supporting our community and continuing our lifesaving work. We will continue to maintain the high standards of animal care we always provide.

The safety and well-being of our customers and team is our number one priority, we are closely monitoring the situation and making real-time adjustments as needed. Further updates will be provided through our social media channels.

We thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.

Please note: This is a one day course only. It does not make you eligible to volunteer at our shelter. For more information on volunteering, please see here.