Animal breeding can be a hobby, a business or a highly specialised and sophisticated career. What’s important, whether working in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, agricultural research stations or from a home-based business, is a genuine interest in and empathy for animals.
The Certificate of Animal Breeding is a professional development program that will provide you with essential knowledge and skills to enter the animal breeding industry, whether starting a business or as an employee for commercial or conservation purposes.
In this online program, you’ll learn about genetic influence on the characteristics exhibited by animals, factors that interact with genes to produce non-conformity, animal straight and cross-breeding and how to select animals for a breeding program.
On completion of this course, you’ll have gained the foundation knowledge in animal biology, health care and basic genetics to pursue a career in the breeding industry or to operate your own business.
Genes – phenotype and genotype; homogenous and heterogenous
The work of Mendel
Unit 2 - Genetics
Effect of the environment
Genetics in agriculture
Unit 3 - Selection
Animal breeding programs
Decide on your priorities
Dual purpose animals
Domestic animals – Dogs, cats etc.
Unit 4 - Pure breeding
Inbreeding – close breeding and line breeding
Genetic effects of inbreeding
Advantages and disadvantages
Unit 5 - Introduction to cross breeding
The effects of cross breeding in farm animals
Genetic effects, phenotype effects, heterosis, and genotype effect
Cross breeding in sheep
Cross breeding in domestic animals
Unit 6 - Cross breeding
Practical cross breeding
Two breed or single cross
Back cross or crisscrossing
Advantages of cross breeding
Reciprocal recurrent selection
Unit 7 - Livestock improvement
Relative breeding Values (RBV)
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
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.