Much like humans, pets don’t come with an instruction manual. But all pets need the best care possible to keep them happy and healthy so they can continue to give us joy! This course is ideal for pet owners, handlers, pet sitters, those who work in pet care or anyone with a passion for domesticated animals.
The Certificate of Pet Care is an online program that will give you a sound introduction into caring for a wide variety of different pets, including how to feed, groom, exercise and breed them.
In this professional development course, you will learn about pet care needs, the relevant laws and licenses on pet care, and how charities care for our companion animals.
You will also learn about the breeds and care of a variety of cats, dogs, birds, fish, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation in caring for a range of different pets from those with legs and wings to creatures with scales and fins!
Unit 1 - Introduction to animal care
Laws and licenses
Animal charities and societies (eg. RSPCA, WSPA, Blue Cross)
Pet care needs (feeding, watering, shelter, containment, fencing, caging, protection)
Unit 2 - Cats
Breeds (Lang Haired, Semi Long Haired, Short Haired, Oriental etc)
Feed and nutrition
Amount of food
Care for a sick cat (signs of illness, temperature, common ailments, skin disorders, ticks)
Cats and wildlife
Unit 3 - Dogs
Breeds (pure and mixed)
Varying size and temperament
Inherited traits (aggression, deafness)
Unit 4 - Birds
Breeds (eg. Canaries, Finches, Budgerigars, Small Parrots etc)
Problems (eg. dehydration, stress, external and internal parasites, blisters, scale rot, mouth rot or canker, colds/pneumonia, constipation and diarrhoea, cannibalism, incomplete sloughing of the skin -shedding of the skin)
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. 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.
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 100 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.