Are you an animal lover with a passion for making a difference in the animal welfare space? If so, you can turn your concern for animals into a career.
The Certificate of Animal Welfare is a professional development program that covers a wide range of animal welfare topics, such as how animal welfare is implemented in society and what protection, rescue and health services are available in Australia.
In this online animal welfare course, you’ll also gain knowledge in animal psychology and sentience, and understand how laws and regulations protect pets and companion animals, work animals and animals in sport.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to act as an animal welfare activist or to pursue a career working with animals, such as an animal shelter attendant, animal welfare inspector or many other professions where animal welfare is a priority.
Unit - Animal Welfare
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of animal welfare
Nature of animal welfare
Scope of animal welfare
Considering Animal Ethics
Moral status of animals
Moral equality theories
Widely accepted animal ethic theories
Unit 2 – Psychology and sentience
The science and philosophy of psychology and sentience
Anthropomorphism and transference
Sense and perception
Depression in animals
Stress in animals
Eating disorders in animals
Over-eating and under- eating
Thin sow syndrome
How an understanding of sentience can influence animal welfare
Unit 3 – Managing animal welfare
Managing animal welfare
Duty of care
Assessing animal welfare
Preventing disease and injury
Health checks and observations
The importance of good nutrition
Provision of water
Exercise and stimulation
Appropriate and safe environment
Controlling pests and diseases
Common ectoparasites and endoparasites
Unit 4 – Animal Protection Services
Animal protection organisations
Types of animal protection activities
Protection of farm animals
Understanding and inspecting health issues
Protozoa micro organisims
Ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice, mites)
Metabolic and nutritional disease
Inspecting the health of animals
Temperature, pulse and respiration
Signs of ill health
Unit 5 – Animal rescue services
The fundamental aims of animal rescue
Health and welfare
Reminder of basic animal needs
Animal first aid
Types of wounds
Stitching a wound
Bone & joint problems
Sprains broken bones, bone infections and bone diseases
Contusions or muscle strain
Poisoning from grazing
Restraining animals during first aid
First aid for wildlife
Unit 6 – Animal health services
Veterinary services, or animal hospitals
Routine health treatments
Animal rescue organisations
The vaccination debate
Complementary animal health services
Homeopathy & flower essences
Frequency specific microcurrent
Traditional Chinese medicine
Unit 7 – Welfare for companion animals
Welfare for companion animals
Welfare for work animals
Welfare for animals in sport
Unit 8 – Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
Welfare for farm animals
Dairy cows and calves
Barn laid eggs and free range eggs
Other aspects of animal welfare
Animal welfare during transport
Animal welfare labelling
Welfare issues – farm animals bred for alternative products
Down and wool
Unit 9 – Animal welfare for wild animals: free and captive
Welfare for captive wild animals
Zoos & wildlife parks
Welfare for free wild animals
Destruction of native habitat
Protection of wildlife
Protection against hunting and trapping
The land and marine environments
Codes of practice
Environmental law enforcement
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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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.
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