Advanced Certificate in Animal Welfare

Do you envision yourself working in a field where your actions directly contribute to the well-being of pets, wildlife, and farm animals? The Advanced Certificate in Animal Welfare is the key to turning your dreams into reality.
Course Provider
Careers Collectiv
(RTO 22557)
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Upfront payment or flexible interest free payment plan options available from $25 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
This course is self-paced. The course will take approximately 400 hours to complete.
Study 100% online from anywhere in Australia.
Career Outcomes
  • Animal welfare inspector
  • Animal rescue officer
  • Animal welfare organisations
  • Animal sanctuary worker
  • Animal rehabilitator
  • Animal shelter staff member
  • Shelter volunteer
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Animal Carer
  • Wildlife Researcher
  • Fundraiser
  • Community Educator
Course Modules

1. Animal Health Care

  • 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
  • Preventive Health Care
  • Routine Health Treatments
  • Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  • Rehabilitation Care

2. Animal Welfare

  • Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare
  • Psychology and Sentience
  • Managing Animal Welfare
  • Animal Protection Services
  • Animal Rescue Services
  • Animal Health Services
  • Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sports
  • Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
  • Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

3. Animal Diseases

  • Scope and Nature of Animal Disease
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Viruses
  • Bacterial and Fungal Conditions
  • Parasitological Conditions
  • Metabolic and Nutritional Conditions
  • Poisoning
  • Inherited Conditions (Genetic Disorders)
  • Other Conditions and Disorders
  • Problem-Bases Learning (PBL) Project

4. Elective Module — Select 1 Specialist Elective Module

  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Animal Husbandry I)
  • Animal Feed and Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III)
  • Natural Health Care for Animals
Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • 24/7 access to professional course tutor support.
  • A certificate officially recognising your successful completion of the course.
  • No course requirements or previous working experience necessary.
  • Lifetime access to the course.
Turn your love for animals into a meaningful career that makes a difference

Learn how to manage animal welfare and health for pets, wildlife or farm animals via distance education. Animal welfare services provide several career opportunities for people wishing to make a positive difference in the welfare of pets, ranging from ‘on the ground’ jobs such as animal welfare inspectors or rescue officers to ‘behind the scenes’ jobs such as marketing and fundraising. Many people who care about animals contemplate turning this passion into a career. Having a passion and love for animals is important, but if you are considering a career in Animal Welfare, education and experience will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in this industry.

The teachers

Careers Collectiv only use teachers who are active in their specialised industry. Learn from people who have first-hand experience in their subject matter and current industry expertise. Staff come from varied backgrounds with teaching and vocational experience from universities and vocational colleges. Courses provide flexible options for different career pathways, self-improvement, professional development and general adult education.

Start working for the protection of animals

Reinforce your love of animals with a qualification and take that first step towards a career in the care and welfare of animals. Developed in response to industry demand, the Advanced Certificate in Animal Welfare will teach you the theory and practice of animal welfare - wildlife, pets and farm animals. Receive a strong foundation with a module focused on animal health care to give you a head start with additional knowledge about common health problems, animal behaviors and other health topics that are typically found in a veterinary assistant’s course.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students with no previous experience in animal welfare or animal welfare workers looking to upskill. It’s perfect for anyone passionate about animals, who want to learn the skills for career opportunities in the protection and wellbeing of domestic or wild animals.


All Careers Collectiv courses come with a certificate of attainment upon completion. Their courses are accredited by the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC), a non-profit association providing a quality control system for education programs and courses in international education.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

Careers Collectiv

Careers Collectiv is a family-run online education provider offering a vast range of courses such as agriculture, animal studies, beauty, counselling, psychology, business and marketing. They offer the opportunities to learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the career you’re passionate about. With over a decade of experience in the online education sector, they are passionate about providing quality education, accessibility for everyone and the flexibility to work at your own pace and in your own time. Careers Collectiv offers a diverse range of online courses, from animal care and agriculture to business and fashion design. Their family-run platform provides flexible learning opportunities for various career paths, ensuring accessibility and quality education for everyone. Whether you're interested in equine studies, horticulture, or photography, Careers Collectiv caters to upskillers and passionate learners with courses developed by industry experts.
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