Advanced Certificate in Animal Care

Is your passion for animal welfare calling you to a career where every day is dedicated to the care of pets and wildlife? Are you eager to merge your love for animals with comprehensive knowledge of their behaviour and needs? Seeking a career path that's not just a job, but a meaningful contribution to animal wellbeing? The Advanced Certificate in Animal Care is an ideal choice for those seeking to enhance or acquire advanced skills in animal care, leading to a deeply satisfying and impactful profession.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 64 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Animal Shelters
  • Veterinary services
  • Pet Boarding
  • Wildlife Shelters
  • Pet Shops
  • Pet-Minding
Course Modules

Module 1: Pet Care

  1. Introduction to Animal Care
  2. Cats
  3. Dogs
  4. Birds
  5. Fish
  6. Rabbits
  7. Reptiles and Amphibians
  8. Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Mice

This module is specifically designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in caring for various pets. Starting with an introduction to general animal care, the module then delves into the specific needs and care requirements of different pets, including cats, dogs, birds, fish, rabbits, reptiles and amphibians, as well as small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters and mice. Throughout this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique aspects of caring for each type of pet, equipping you with the necessary skills to provide the best care and maintain the health and well-being of a diverse range of animal companions.

Module 2: Animal Health Care

  1. Introduction to Animal Health Care
  2. Common Health Problems in Farm Animals and Pets
  3. Animal Behaviour
  4. Signs of Ill-health
  5. Veterinary Facilities
  6. Safety Procedures
  7. Administration of Animal Health
  8. Animal First Aid
  9. Preventative Health Care
  10. Routine Health Treatments
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  12. Rehabilitation Care

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 on what to expect in these practices, from common routine health treatments to the administration of animal healthcare.

Module 3: Wildlife Management

  1. Introduction to Wildlife Management
  2. Wildlife Ecology
  3. Wildlife Habitats
  4. Population Dynamics
  5. Carrying Capacity
  6. Wildlife Censuses
  7. Wildlife Management Techniques
  8. Wildlife Management Law and Administration
  9. Wildlife Management Case Study and Research Project

Designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective wildlife conservation and management, this module covers various critical topics, including wildlife ecology, habitat management, population dynamics and carrying capacity. You will learn about conducting wildlife censuses and the various techniques used in wildlife management.

Additionally, the module delves into the legal and administrative aspects of wildlife management and culminates with a case study research project, providing a comprehensive understanding of the field essential for anyone working with or caring for wildlife.

Module 4: Animal Welfare

  1. Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare
  2. Psychology and Sentience
  3. Managing Animal Welfare
  4. Animal Protection Services
  5. Animal Rescue Services
  6. Animal Health Services
  7. Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport
  8. Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
  9. Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

Gain a thorough understanding of how to manage animal welfare effectively, covering topics such as animal protection services, animal rescue and health services. This module also extends to exploring animal welfare considerations across various contexts, including pets, work animals, animals in sport, farm animals, and wildlife in both free and captive environments. This module equips you with the knowledge to recognize and address welfare needs across a diverse range of animal populations, ensuring informed decisions and actions in the field of animal care and welfare.

Module 5: Primatology

  1. Introduction To Primates 
  2. The Strepsirhines
  3. The Haplorhines
  4. Primate Diet and Nutrition
  5. Primate Health and Physical Condition
  6. Primate Behaviour In Nature
  7. Primate Behaviour  In Captivity
  8. Primate Breeding
  9. Managing Primates In Captivity
  10. Primate Conservation 

You'll learn everything you need to know about primates, their nature, physiology, taxonomy, evolution, diet and nutrition, particularly in a nature park environment and explore their health challenges. You’ll also learn about their behaviour in the wild, their psychological wellbeing in captivity and the essentials of breeding programs and conservation efforts for individual breeds. Managing primates in captivity is also a key component, providing practical knowledge for those working in zoological settings.

Module 6: Animal Behaviour

  1. Introduction: Influences and Motivation
  2. Genetics and Behaviour
  3. Animal Perception and Behaviour
  4. Behaviour and the Environment
  5. Social Behaviour
  6. Instinct and Learning
  7. Handling Animals
  8. Behavioural Problems

Explore an in-depth exploration into the factors influencing animal behaviour, including genetics, environmental impacts and social dynamics. This module comprehensively explains how various elements like animal perception, instincts and learning shape behaviour. You will learn about the intricacies of handling animals and addressing behavioural problems, equipping you with the skills to interpret and manage a range of behaviours effectively. This knowledge is crucial for anyone looking to enhance their ability to care for animals and respond appropriately to their behavioural needs.

Module 7: Natural Animal Health Care 

  1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
  2. Signs of Ill Health
  3. Natural Nutrition for Animals
  4. Holistic Health Care - Maintaining Health
  5. Holistic Health Care - Treating Health Problems
  6. Animal Diseases and Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
  7. Animal Diseases and Health Problems (Livestock)
  8. Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project

This module delves into recognising signs of ill health and the importance of natural nutrition in maintaining the wellbeing of animals. You'll gain insights into holistic methods for maintaining health and treating various health problems in both domestic animals and livestock. It also emphasises understanding and managing a range of animal diseases and health issues, integrating natural care practices. Lastly, it includes a practical case study research project, providing hands-on experience in applying natural health care principles, crucial for anyone aspiring to enhance their proficiency in holistic animal health care.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you 5 days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors 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, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

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.

Availability of Content

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

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

Have A Question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

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

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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