Train for a Career in Animal Health or Welfare

This is a comprehensive and highly practical course; for anyone who wants to better understand the health and well-being of animals. It is designed to provide a foundation for employment in any type of animal care job; whether pets, domesticated farm livestock or wildlife (captive or free).

This course was developed by a team of Veterinarians, Agricultural College Lecturers, and Allied Animal Industry experts in order to facilitate employment within the animal health care and management sectors. The course helps the student to develop skill sets deemed necessary by animal industry and rural employers.

The course can be used to negotiate Recognition of Prior Learning (R.P.L) as part of many different Qualifications Pathways in the Animal Health sector. 

Learn about animal anatomy and physiology, diagnosing animal diseases, natural animal health care, animal health and care, and either animal psychology or animal feed and nutrition.

Become an Expert in Animal Health

Suitable for anyone wanting to work in animal health care.
Increase your knowledge of animal health and animal disease, including more on natural health care.
This course may provide a valuable foundation for working in animal refuges, zoos, pet services, farm production, or manufacturing/supply/marketing of animal care products or equipment.
Start anytime, study at your own pace while working and gaining experience (whether in a paid or volunteer capacity); building your knowledge and skills for a successful business or career.


Core Modules

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Animal Health.
  Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
  Animal Health Care VAG100
  Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202

Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 4 modules.
  Animal Behaviour BAG203
  Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
  Diagnosing Animal Diseases BAG219
  Natural Therapies for Animal Health Care BAG218



Module 1. Animal Anatomy and Physiology

A sound foundation course in the anatomy and physiology of animals; with particular relevance to domestic animals (e.g. Dogs, Cats, Horses, Sheep, Cattle, Pigs, Poultry, etc). There are eleven lessons:

  • Introduction, Cells & Tissues.
  • The Digestive System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Nervous System
  • Respiration
  • The Reproductive System
  • Muscles & Meat
  • The Skeleton
  • Animal Growth, Development and the Endocrine system
  • Comparing Different Animals


Module 2. Animal Health Care

There are twelve lessons as follows:

  • Introduction to Animal Health Care.
  • Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Signs of Ill Health
  • Veterinary Facilities
  • Safety Procedures
  • Administration of Animal Health
  • Animal First Aid
  • Preventative Health Care
  • Routine Health Treatments Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  • Rehabilitation Care

Module 3. Natural Health Care for Animals 

There are 8 lessons in this module as follows:

  • Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
  • Signs of Ill Health
  • Natural Nutrition for Animals
  • Holistic Health Care - Maintaining Health
  • Holistic Health Care - Treating Health Problems
  • Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
  • Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)
  • Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project

Module 4. Animal Diseases

  • How Animal Diseases are Diagnosed
  • Processes for Diagnosis
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria & Protazoa
  • Worms and other Parasites
  • Nutrient Problems
  • Poisoning
  • Inherited Conditions, Genetic Disorders, Age Associated Problems (eg. Organ Failure)
  • Other Illnesses


Module 5. Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II)

There are ten lessons as follows: 

  • Introduction To Animal Health
  • Signs & Symptoms Of Diseases
  • Disease Classification
  • Causes & Diagnosis of Diseases
  • Treatment Of Diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Fever & Immunity
  • Tissue Repair
  • Wounds
  • Cell Changes

Module 6 - Either Animal Behaviour or Animal Feed and Nutrition


Animal Behaviour 

  • There are eight lessons in this course:
  • Introduction: Influences and motivation.
  • Genetics and Behaviour.
  • Animal Perception and Behaviour.
  • Behaviour and the Environment.
  • Social Behaviour.
  • Instinct and Learning.
  • Handling Animals.
  • Behavioural Problems.

Animal Feed and Nutrition

There are ten lessons as follows:

  • Introduction To Animal Foods
  • Food Components: Carbohydrates, Fats
  • Food Components: Proteins, Minerals
  • Evaluating Foods & Digestibility
  • Classifying Foods: Part A
  • Classifying Foods: Part B
  • Classifying Foods: Part C
  • Calculating Rations: Part A
  • Calculating Rations: Part B
  • Calculating Rations: Part C

Why study this course?

This is a substantial course that covers in detail many aspects of animal health care and disease control. Because it has been developed, and is tutored, by a number of recognised and highly experienced Animal Industry experts, you can study the course with confidence. The course has been developed with a focus on facilitating employment within the animal health care, animal management, and rural sectors.


The course helps the student to develop skill sets deemed necessary by animal industry and rural employers and can be used to negotiate Recognition of Prior Learning (R.P.L) as part of many different government accredited Qualifications Pathways in the Animal Health sector.


RECOMMENDED BOOKS: All by our founder & principal, John Mason
Profitable Farming 2nd edition (e book) 
Farm Management (Hardback -printed book) 
Sustainable Agriculture (Paperback 2nd edition) www.acsbookshop.com








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