Certificate in Animal Care

Do you love animals and dream of working with them? Want to learn how to manage animal health for pets, wildlife or farm animals? Do you aspire to work in the pet care industry or with wildlife? Or are you a pet-owner who simply wants to learn how you can better care for your fury friend? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which has 2 key modules made up of 20 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Designed for anyone who works or cares for animals, from domestic animals at home, to wildlife and farm animals, or in the pet care industry. You will learn about animal health care and basic veterinarian procedures, disease prevention and animal first aid. The course will also deliver a comprehensive introduction into pets and how to care for them, from dogs and cats, to guinea pigs, mice, rabbits and more.

Course Outline

2 Key Modules, made up of 20 subjects.

Module 1: Pet Care (100 Hours)
This course is designed for any animal lover, particularly those aspiring to or already work with domestic animals or in the pet care industry. Developed by highly qualified and experienced professionals including veterinary surgeons, a former wildlife park manager, and university lecturers, the course will provide you a comprehensive introduction to caring for pets.

Module 2: Animal Health Care (100 Hours)
Designed to teach you how to manage animal health for pets, wildlife or farm animals, this course will help you understand animal health care and basic veterinarian procedures. From veterinary health, disease prevention, animal first aid and rehabilitation care, you will learn broad and varied knowledge and skills, in which you can take with you into any role where you are working or caring for animals.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and for some people, will help them look after their own animals better; but for others, it may be the starting point for a business or career working with companion animals.

It may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in:

› Animal Shelters
› Veterinary services
› Pet Boarding
› Wildlife Shelters
› Pet Shops
› Pet-Minding

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

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