Animal health care is a popular job and one that’s equal parts rewarding and challenging. If you’re an animal lover, here’s an opportunity to turn your passion into a career. This course is ideal for pet owners, animal workers or anyone aspiring to be a veterinary nurse or animal technician.
The Certificate of Animal Health Care is an online program designed to equip you with an understanding of animal health care and basic veterinarian procedures.
In this professional development course, you will learn about preventative health care, the scope of services offered by animal health care providers, and how to identify common signs of ill health in farm animals and domestic pets.
You will also learn about the safety measures, facilities and administrative tasks required in veterinary clinics, and the routine treatments and first aid performed by veterinary professionals.
On completion of this course, you will have a gained a comprehensive knowledge base in animal health care to build a career working with animals in a health care setting.
Other animal services; breeders, holiday care, etc.
Animal welfare and control
Code of practice
Unit 2 – Common health problems in farm animals and pets
Causes of ill health
Family pets common conditions
Wild animals common conditions
Unit 3 – Animal behaviour
Communication in dogs
Types of behaviour
Unit 4 – Signs of ill health
The healthy animal
Signs & symptoms of diseases
Recognising ill health
Diagnosis of diseases
Taking tissue samples
Diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
Unit 5 – Veterinary facilities
Types of facilities; clinic, hospital, mobile facility, emergency facility,etc
First aid kit; aids for diagnosis, instruments, medicines, preparations, etc
Enclosure for animals
Unit 6 – Safety procedures
Duty of care
Lifting heavy weights
Reducing back injury
Dealing with chemicals
Skin penetrating injuries
Disposal of dead/infected tissues
Dangerous non-animal wastes
Storage and handling of medicines
Handling larger animals
Unit 7 – Administration of animal health
Managing a veterinary office
Unit 8 – Animal first aid
Types of wounds
Treating and cleaning wounds
Stitching a wound
Bone and joint problems
Restraining animals during first aid
Unit 9 – Preventative health care
Preventing ill health
Comparing natural active immunity, artificial active immunity, natural passive immunity, and artificial active immunity
Types of vaccines
Alternatives to vaccination
Avoid stressing livestock
Unit 10 – Routine health treatments
Castration of cats
Anaesthesia and analgesia
Preparing an animal for surgery
Castrating a colt
Unit 11 – Health problems in domestic pets
Urinary tract infections;
Unit 12 – Rehabilitation Care
Scope of rehabilitation
Planning a recovery
The hospital pen
Monitoring temperature, pulse, respiration
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.
It was helpful and a great way to gain some more knowledge for the career I’m interested in
I.Porpaczy, Harrington Park, NSW | Certificate of Animal Health Care
Learning/training process was neat and enjoyable
D. Taleb, Werrington County, NSW | Certificate of Animal Health Care
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!
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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.