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Pet Groomer Certificate

This online Pet Groomer Certificate gives you a solid grounding in the essentials of professional pet grooming and animal care.


If you're interested in working in the fun and interesting field of pet grooming, this online course could form the basis of a career as a professional pet groomer, or could be equally useful for those wishing to improve their grooming skills for their own pets.


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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40412

This online veterinary nursing course offered by North Coast TAFE provides an entry-level qualification for those wishing to provide professional assistance in the animal care industry.



This fully accredited course gives students a basic overview of veterinary nursing, from animal care to medical and theatre procedures.


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Certificate in Animal Care

This online Certificate in Animal Care will give you essential training in the day-to-day care, health and first aid of animals.


Upon completion of this program you will have the skills and training to branch into a career in animal care, as well as a better understanding your own pets’ wants and needs.


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Certificate II in Animal Studies ACM20110

The online Certificate II in Animal Studies course will give you the tools to turn your love of animals into a fulfilling career.



This nationally recognised qualification is the ideal springboard for those looking to undertake administrative and assistant duties in roles such as animal care attendant, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, assistant dog groomer and much more.


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Pet Obedience Trainer Certificate

The online Pet Obedience Trainer Certificate teaches you essential methods of disciplining and training dogs.


Open Colleges offers this course to teach you discipline concepts and ways to motivate dogs. You will also study areas such as grooming, exercise, nutrition and other health requirements.


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Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services ACM40310

The online Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services course from the Animal Industries Resource Centre will give you a nationally recognised qualification and high quality training in animal care.



Not only will it equip you with companion animal care skills, but will also give you training in how to manage a small business. With this qualification under your belt, you can work in a variety of animal services and pets contexts.


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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services ACM30410

The online Certificate III in Companion Animal Services course run by the Animal Industries Resource Centre will give you a nationally recognised qualification and high quality training in animal care.



This online animal services course will give you the skills and training to work confidently and competently providing animal care and services. You will have an in-depth knowledge in the care and handling of a variety of domestic animals.


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Animal Diversity Course unit

This online Animal Diversity unit from RMIT will give you a thorough grounding in animal identification and is ideal for those seeking employment in the environmental, horticultural and agricultural industries.


The unit covers both invertebrate and vertebrate animals and, addresses the differences in structure between different organisms.


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Animal Function, Health and Welfare Course unit

This Animal Function, Health and Welfare online unit provided by the University of New England teaches you the key principles of animal welfare, health and toxicology.


The unit will give you a strong theoretical base in animal welfare with a practical understanding of reproduction and diseases as applies to farm animals.


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Animal Production Systems and Products Course unit

Animal Production Systems and Products is a postgraduate unit, offered online by the University of New England, covering cattle and dairy, pigs and poultry, and alternative animal industries.


You will gain a broad overview of animal production methods, and how to apply these in the context of consumer demand for animal-based products.


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About Animal Care

Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a Doctor Dolittle? Do you like animals better than people?

You may not know how to talk to the animals but you can certainly help them by studying an online course in animal care. Basic animal courses will take you through a range of topics, including learning about different animal types, animal anatomy, animal health and first aid, and animal welfare.

There are hundreds of different dog breeds and they all have different characteristics and needs. You may know the difference between a Staffordshire bull terrier and an English cocker spaniel, but would you know how to care for them differently? Why not learn through one of our online courses.

For more online, on-campus and short courses in animal care, visit StudySelect.

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Looking for Animal Care opportunities in Australia?

There are currently 229 Animal Care job openings in Australia*. The average salary for an Animal Care job in Australia is $108,858.

The Australian Government Department of Employment estimates a projected employment growth to 2018 of 88,700 jobs for the Animal Care industry in Australia.

Gaining an Animal Care qualification will significantly increase your career prospects for Animal Care jobs in Australia. Studying an online course with an accredited Australian provider gives you the flexibility you need to study at your own pace.

Education in Australia

  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification: 29%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a cert III or higher VET qualification: 31%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia without a post-school qualification: 36%

Employment in the Animal Care industry in Australia

Australia has a population of 23,625,031, with a total of 11,645,500 people currently employed. The average job seeker age for Australia is 37 years and the current unemployment rate sits at 5.7%. Part-time workers make up 46% of the workforce in Australia.

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