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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 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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Bachelor of Animal Science

Learn the practice and principles behind managing and/or conserving livestock, wildlife or horses and dogs with this online Bachelor of Animal Science course


In this animal science degree, you will be able to choose one out of three majors: livestock production, wildlife, or horses and dogs. Each major will equip you with the skills and experience to enter into your preferred specialisation in the animal science industry.


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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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Bachelor of Zoology

If you’ve always wanted to work with animals, this comprehensive online Bachelor of Zoology is your ideal course.


You will have the education and training to pursue employment with research institutions, the CSIRO, government agencies, museums and marine parks.


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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 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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Animal Structure and Function Course unit

This online unit from RMIT will introduce you to the structure and functions of animals. Although the major emphasis is on humans; the reproduction, function and structure of all the main vertebrate groups are considered.



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Captive Animals Pathway ACM20110 & ACM30310

Combining the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and the Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30310) delivered online by North Coast TAFE, this Captive Animals Pathway is a unique dual qualification that will qualify you to care for exotic, rare and native captive animals!


Delivered online by North Coast TAFE, this course is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in a zoo, aquarium or wildlife park.


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Certificate III in Captive Animals ACM30310

This online Certificate III in Captive Animals course from North Coast TAFE allows you to pursue an exciting range of employment opportunities in zoos, wildlife parks and other captive animal facilities.



Thanks to a combination of theory and work placement, you will become familiar with daily care and management strategies for a wide range of exotic, rare, and native animals.


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Certificate IV in Captive Animals ACM40210

Gain the skills required for senior zookeeping positions with this comprehensive online Certificate IV in Captive Animals course from North Coast TAFE.



You will undergo advanced training, allowing you to better manage the environments, diets and daily care routines of a wide variety of zoo species.


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Companion Animal Services Pathway ACM20110 & ACM30410

Gain two qualifications in one with this Companion Animal Services Pathway course offered online through the North Coast TAFE and Open Colleges. The course covers the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410).



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Disease and its Control in Animals Course unit

This online unit provided by University of New England begins by introducing you to the concept of disease processes and the biology of gastrointestinal parasites that are common in grazing animals.


Disease and its Control in Animals then goes on to look at the major diseases affecting livestock, dogs and native Australian wildlife, and the importance of health management to minimise these.


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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.

Potential animal care career outcomes include: Animal Attendant, Animal Technician, Dog Handler or Trainer, Horse Trainer, Pet Groomer, Zookeeper, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Veterinary Nurse, Animal Hospital Assistant, Wildlife Hospital Nurse.

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