Animal behaviour is a fascinating field, whether you own pets or work with them in a voluntary or professional capacity. It’s also an important area of study, as safely managing animals starts with understanding them.
The Certificate of Animal Behaviour is a professional development program that will help you to understand, anticipate and modify animal behaviour, which is vital for animal psychologists, veterinary assistants, dog groomers, animal trainers, park rangers, pet owners, and farmers.
In this professional development course, you will discover various theories and models of animal behaviour and specific characteristics of different species. You will learn to identify animal behaviour types, understand what drives behaviour and recognise the psychological impact of different handling techniques.
You will also study the role of genetics in behaviour, understand the interactions between different types of animals, as well as gain an understanding of abnormal, reproductive, territorial and social behaviour.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation knowledge of animal behaviour, enabling you to interact safely and effectively as a pet owner or a professional working with animals.
Types of stimuli; Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Chemical
Monocular and binocular vision
Unit 4 – Behaviour and the environment
Sexual and reproductive behaviours
Unit 5 – Social behaviour
Fight or flight response
Case Studies; birds, dogs
Unit 6 – Instinct and learning
Extinction and habituation
Thorndykes Law of Effect
Operant and respondent behaviour
Biological aspects of learning
Case studies: early learning in dogs, early learning in cats
Unit 7 – Handling animals
Domestication of animals
Problems Handling animals
Psychological affects of different handling techniques
Preventing problems with pets
Training animals (examples: birds, rabbits, horses, cattle etc).
Unit 8 – Behavioural problems
Abnormal behaviour (eg. psychotic, neurotic)
Domestication of animals
Case study; behavioural problems with cats; various types of aggression and other problems
Case study; aggression and other problems with dogs
Case study; behavioural problems with pigs
Estimated duration 50 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% Online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Studying with Australian online courses was a pleasure, and the flexibility of the course was amazing
A.Hermann, Takura, QLD | Certificate of Animal Behaviour
Was amazing and highly recommended this course!
K. McCarthy, Mareeba, QLD | Certificate of Animal Behaviour
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience studying with AOC. Time frame for completion was very generous, notes for the course were comprehensive
D. Granger, Greenvale, VIC | Certificate of Animal Behaviour
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.