Study Animal Husbandry at home

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to work confidently in the agricultural environment in a range of roles related to animal production and husbandry. Learn about animal breeds, behaviour, nutrition, animal health care issues and general management methods.

Recognise and diagnose different pests, diseases and conditions that affect the well being of both pets or other livestock, and implement control strategies for common problems.

Learn the Science and Husbandry of Livestock and Pets

  • Work on a farm, in veterinary or animal industries
  • Start a business
  • Develop a foundation for a lifelong career
  • 600 hours of self paced study


The Certificate in Animal Husbandry is an entry level course suitable for students who wish to gain knowledge related to companion animals and livestock.

Course Structure and Contents

1. THREE Core units include the study of animal anatomy and physiology, animal health care, and animal feed and nutrition. Elective units are chosen to direct studies toward the students area of interest.

2. THREE Elective units may include: Horse Care I, II and III; Animal Breeding; Dairy Cattle; Beef Cattle; Pigs; Calf Rearing; Sheep; Diagnosing Animal Diseases; and Natural Animal Health Care. See the more complete list following.


Core Modules These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Animal Husbandry.

Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101

Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202

Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201

Elective Modules In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 14 modules.

Animal Health Care VAG100

Horse Care I BAG102

Pet Care AAG100

Animal Behaviour BAG203

Beef Cattle BAG206

Calf Rearing BAG207

Dairy Cattle BAG205

Horse Care II BAG204

Natural Therapies for Animal Health Care BAG218

Pigs BAG209

Diagnosing Animal Diseases BAG219

Sheep BAG210

Animal Breeding BAG301

Horse Care III BAG302

The qualification consists of 600 hours of study divided into core and elective modules of study.


Note that each module in the Certificate in Animal Husbandry is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


The aim of the course is to prepare students for employment in animal related industries such as vet assistants,livestock workers, animal control workers or the RSPCA volunteers, by providing them with knowledge and skills related to the care and well being of animals.


What You Will Do

  • Learn to care for the health of any type of animal and understand the scope of services offered by animal care services, including in veterinary practices.
  • Learn to assess animal health, explain a variety of conditions and identify appropriate treatments or responses to a range of more common complaints or illnesses.
  • Explain the role of proteins, vitamins and minerals in animal diets.
  • Understand the composition of a range of feeds, including pasture, fodder crops, grasses, cereals, seed, and other edible plants
  • Plan and implement animal breeding programs using genetic theory, practical applications to daily husbandry practice, and management of animal breeding programs.
  • Develop a sound foundation knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology as a basis to understanding the care and management of animals.
  • Develop appropriate procedures to manage grazing animals
  • Develop timetables for husbandry tasks to be undertaken over a typical week when caring for a specific breeds of animals
  • Discuss the general principles of animal care, as they relate to a wide range of different types of animals.

Scope of Study

This course is very flexible. It allows you to focus on just farm animals if you wish; or you can also study pets as well, if that is your interest; and you wish to broaden your possible areas for employment.

Farm livestock are divided into two broad classes; those that are ruminants, and those that are non-ruminants.  Cattle, sheep, goats and deer are ruminants, their natural food being grass.  Pigs, poultry, horses and rabbits are non-ruminants.  Pigs and poultry eat mainly cereals.  Horses and rabbits eat both grass and cereals.

The role of ruminants in farming is to convert grass or pasture into human food such as meat or milk.  Grass is not a human food, and were it not for the ruminant animals, the large areas of the world which are covered in grass would be useless to man.  The ruminant converts this grass into human food, which is particularly valuable because it is very high in protein; and this is done reasonably quickly and efficiently.

Non-ruminants, on the other hand, are chiefly used to convert the starchy, high carbohydrate foods such as cereals into high protein food.  The problem is that the cereals fed to pigs and poultry are themselves human foods, and the conversion of these foods into high protein meat and eggs is not a very efficient process.


Why Choose to Study an ACS Certificate?

  • We offer options to choose electives that you don't find in similar diplomas elsewhere.
  • Certificates are often longer, and more in depth than what is offered at many other colleges (Compare -600 hours). Study more, learn more, go further in your career or business.
  • We focus more on learning (some colleges focus more on assessment than we do -but we believe that what you learn is what makes the difference)
  • More support ... you have unlimited access from tutors in helping you learn ... we often hear from our graduates that this is a major advantage they have found with our courses
  • Exceptional tutors...compare the qualifications and experience of our staff (see staff profiles) ....after all, it doesn't make sense to choose where to study if you don't first know who will be teaching you.




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