Certificate in Zoology

Passionate about working with and caring for animals? Dreamed of working in a zoo? Love being surrounded by animals and want to better understand how to look after them and their health? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 300 hours
to complete the course, which has 3 key modules made up of 31 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.


Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.


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.

Whether you’re already working in or aspire to work in zoos or with animals in captivity, this course is designed to help you develop a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the industry to give you a solid foundation of zoology. Learn about animal healthcare and first aid and animal behaviours, and gain a better understanding of human-animal interaction to help you improve the way you work with and care for animals. Upon completion of this course, you will feel confident and prepared in any animal captivity environment.

Course Outline

3 Key Modules, made up of 31 subjects.

Module 1: Animal Healthcare (100 Hours)
An introduction into animal healthcare, you will learn about animal first aid and how to care for the health of various types of animals. Become familiar with animal behaviours and how to recognise what is normal and what is not, to help identify signs of ill health. Learn about the facilities and procedures in a typical veterinary clinic environment, to give you a sound introduction in what to expect in these practices, from common routine health treatments to the administration of animal healthcare.

Module 2: Animal Behaviour (100 Hours)
Learn about animal psychology: conditioning, innate behaviour and survival. The module provides a foundation for working with pets, livestock or wildlife, or managing your own animals. Gain a better understanding of animals and what causes them to act the way they do, so you can feel more confident to work with and care for animals, from pets to animals in captivity.

Module 3: Zoo Keeping (100 Hours)
A thorough and comprehensive introduction to working with animals in captivity, such as zoos, safari parks or wildlife sanctuaries, you will gain knowledge and skills you need to start your career in captive animal management. Learn about the zookeeping industry from current zoology experts, from the basics of how a zoo operates and enclose design, to the reproduction, animal health and behaviour within captive husbandry.

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 may be of useful to people to working in zoos, safari parks, aquariums, wildlife – or for managing your own pets.

Equally, it may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:

› Zoo Assistant
› Aquarium Assistant
› Veterinary Services
› Wildlife Reserve Ranger
› Wildlife Officer

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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