Animal husbandry is a branch of agriculture concerned mainly with animals raised for meat, milk, eggs, fibre or other products. A combination of animal anatomy and physiology, this course is ideal for anyone working with or keen to increase their knowledge of animals, including cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and poultry.
The Certificate of Animal Husbandryis an online program that mainly focuses on mammal species and provides a sound introduction to these animals’ health and biological systems.
In this professional development course, you will explore animals’ cells, tissues, skeletons and muscles, and their respiratory, circulatory, urinary, nervous, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.
You will also learn about common diseases that affect farm animals, their signs and symptoms, treatment, and causes, including wounds, inflammation and cell changes.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid introduction to animal health, which will raise your awareness of the animal husbandry industry and create opportunities for employment or managing your own business.
Unit 1 : Animal Husbandry I
Introduction to cells & tissues
interrelationship between crops and livestock
cells and tissues
special properties of cells
The Digestive System
mouth, tongue, teeth,
accessory organs of the digestive system
absorption and utilisation in the simple stomach
breakdown by microorganisms
digestion, absorption and utilisation in the ruminant stomach
action of micro-organisms
utilisation of the end products of digestion
The Circulatory System
composition of blood
functions of blood
physiology of the circulatory system
rates of heart beats
The Urinary System
anatomy of the urinary system
physiology of urinary system
excretion in different animals
The Nervous System
central and peripheral nervous system
main parts of the nervous system
central nervous system
peripheral nervous system
autonomic nervous system
structure and function of the ear
structure and function of the eye
structure and function of the nose
anatomy of respiration
physiology of respiration
rate and depth of breathing
The Reproductive System
anatomy of the male reproductive system
physiology of male reproductive system
fertility problems in males
anatomy of female reproductive system
physiology of the female reproductive system
ovulation, oestrus cycle
fertility problems, difficulties conceiving
venereal and other diseases
inability to carry a foetus to full-term
pregnancy and parturition
structure of the mammary glands
secretion of milk
reproduction data for cows, sows and ewes
Muscles & Meat
muscles and meat
striated voluntary muscle
structure of meat
dressing out percentage
composition of the beef animal
meat quality and tenderness
cuts and joints of meat
how bones are formed
anatomy of bones
fractures and fracture healing
five types of bone
joints of bone
the dental formula
dental formula of an ox and cow
eruption of permanent teeth
Animal Growth, Development, and the Endocrine System
growth and development
factors which affect the size of newborns
factors affecting post-natal growth
mucous membrane of the stomach
Comparing Different Animals
symptoms of a broody hen
Unit 2: Animal Husbandry II
Introduction to Animal Health
Learn to describe common diseases affecting farm animals and the circumstances under which animals contract these diseases – the healthy animal, causes of ill health, preventing ill health
Signs & Symptoms of Diseases
The physical symptoms of diseases in farm animals – common methods of handling animals during health assessments, recognising ill health, restraining a horse, sheep handling facilities
Methods used in classifying animal diseases
viral diseases, bacterial diseases, parasitic diseases, protozoal diseases, disease types in beef cattle, diseases in sheep
Causes and Diagnosis of Disease
The causes of disease and the relevant methods of diagnosis – examining cattle, examining a horse, ticks, tick-borne diseases, diagnosis of diseases
Treatment of Disease
Methods used in the treatment of diseases in farm animals – vaccination, the animal first aid kit, tetanus antiserum, animal nursing, quarantine, slaughter, post mortem, disease prevention in cattle, disease prevention in sheep, treatment of parasites in sheep
Outline the nature and causes of inflammation in farm animals – the inflammatory response, causes of inflammation, types of inflammation, symptoms of inflammation, inflammatory exudate, treatment of inflammation
Fever and Immunity
The biological mechanisms underlying fever and the immune system in farm animals – the fever mechanism, other temperature related disorders, effect of temperature on enzymes, immunity
The biological mechanisms underlying tissue repair in farm animals – healing of a clean incised wound, healing of an open wound, common horse ailments to recognise
The biological mechanisms of wounds in farm animals and address different treatment methods for repair of common ailments – types of wounds, first aid treatments, bandaging horses, emergencies
The causes and biological mechanisms of cell change in farm animals – neoplasms, tumours and cancers, the course of an infectious disease, death, cancers etc.
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.
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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
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 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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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.