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Certificate in Animal Care

Gain the Foundation skills and knowledge to provide the best in Animal Care

Whether you’re currently working with animals, looking to work with animals in the future, or simply love animals and want to provide them with the best care possible; this is the course for you. Our certificate in animal care is a great way to work toward your goals and improve your skills in caring for companion animals.

 

You will start off by studying the science behind how the body works; and then receive a broad understanding of the theory behind many the aspects of pet care, including diet, environment, hygiene, training, safe handling and recognising common health issues.

 

The course covers a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.

 

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Key benefits

  • Gain a greater understanding of managing and caring for a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.
  • Identify common signs of ill health
  • Develop a broader awareness of health issues in domestic pets
  • Examine the basic biology and structure of animals
  • Learn basic fundamental theories behind training and handling companion animals.

Potential Career Outcomes

The Career Academy’s Animal Care graduates regularly start their own businesses. Graduates have also been employed in various animal care businesses. On completion of this course, you may be able to apply for jobs such as:

  • Pet Shop staff member
  • Animal Trainer
  • Groomer

*Students will need to gain practical exprience not offered by The Career Academy to obtain Animal Trainer & Groomer positions.

Career Projections

The availability of Animal Care-related roles in Australia is expected to increase resulting in 12,000+ job openings over the next 5 years. The salary ranges for Animal Care related work is between $32,351 – $53,242 per year. Animal Carers tend to work in Arts and Recreation Services, Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Industries.

Sources: The Department of Education, Pay Scale Australia

This course covers the following modules

  • Introduction to Animal Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Husbandry of Dogs
  • Husbandry of Other Species
  • Common Diseases of Dogs
  • Common Diseases of Other Species
  • First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
  • Handling and Safety
  • Health Care of Pets
  • Training and Behaviour

Course summary

Investment: $495 + GST or from only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.

 

Assessments: 10 modules / 10 assignments. Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

 

Duration: 100 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.

 

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete.

 

Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone.

Nicole Pilkington – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

Nicole has over 25 years experience working as a Veterinary Nurse. She has worked in various Veterinary clinics, Emergency hospitals where at one of them she held a practice management role. Nicole has trained and mentored many people that have been interested in a career in the Veterinary nursing and Animal care Industry. Training, behaviour of puppies is something that she has a lot of experience with. She has a passion for animals and teaching. Being able to share this with others is what she enjoys the most.

Rachael – Dog Grooming Tutor

Rachel has over 20 years experience in the animal industry. She has owned her own grooming business and worked in a number of veterinary clinics. She has trained and been a mentor for many people who wished to learn to groom their own dogs and become professional dog groomers. Rachel is all about positive handling techniques and loves to see people succeed and follow their passion for working with animals.

Accredited by ICOES

Animal Care Online Course AccreditedICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.

Introduction to Animal Care

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate an ability to use standard animal care terminology within context.
  • Research the key aspects of animal care occupations
  • Relate the five freedoms of animal welfare to real-world scenarios.
  • Investigate relevant animal control laws.

Anatomy and Physiology

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Use key anatomical and physiological terms, including anatomical directions, in context.
  • Categorise structures based on biological levels of organisation in the body.
  • Explain the structure and function of a variety of organ systems.
  • Compare the anatomical similarities and differences between species.

Husbandry of Dogs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Determine an appropriate diet for a dog.
  • Create appropriate exercise and environmental management plans.
  • Describe the grooming requirements of pet dogs.
  • Design a preventative health care plan for a pet dog.

Husbandry of Other Species

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Design appropriate diets for a variety of pets.
  • Explain the housing and enrichment requirements of pets.
  • Describe the hygiene and grooming requirements of a variety of species.
  • Create appropriate preventative health care plans for different pets including vaccinations, parasite control, and de-sexing.

Common Diseases of Dogs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Compare the main groups of micro-organisms which cause infectious diseases.
  • Recognise signs of illness in a dog.
  • Explain key aspects of a range of common canine diseases.
  • Determine the most likely diagnosis for a variety of diseases, when given a set of symptoms.

Common Diseases of Other Species

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Recognise signs of illness in a variety of species.
  • Explain key aspects of a range of common animal diseases.
  • Determine the most likely diagnosis for a variety of diseases, when given a set of symptoms.

First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you should be able to:

 

  • Describe suitable responses to a variety of animal first-aid situations.
  • Explain how to prevent animal accidents and emergencies from occurring.
  • Identify signs of an emergency situation in a pet animal.

Handling and Safety

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how to safely handle a variety of companion animals appropriately, in different contexts.
  • Describe how to avoid and deal with cat and dog attacks.

Veterinary Health Care and Procedures

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Describe how and why a veterinarian will take a history and do a physical exam.
  • Describe how to take vital signs, and what they mean.
  • Explain how pets are prepared, monitored and cared for before, during and after surgeries.
  • Summarise common surgical procedures of companion animals.

Training and Behaviour

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Explain the body language of dogs and cats.
  • Discuss the importance of socialisation in pets.
  • Describe how basic training principles can be used to train an animal.

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