Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Veterinary Assistance

Do you have a deep love for animals, especially those in the wild? Are you drawn to the idea of caring for and conserving animal habitats and keeping the balance in our ecology? Do you aspire to play a key role in wildlife management and veterinary care? If these questions capture your passion, the Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Veterinary Assistance is specifically designed for individuals like you, seeking to turn their passion for wildlife into a rewarding professional journey.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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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 67 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:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Animal Technician
  • Animal Shelter Assistant
  • Pet Boarding / Kennel Assistant
  • Wildlife Shelter Assistant or Ranger
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Professional Pet-Minder
Course Modules

Module 1: 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

Designed to teach you how to manage animal health for pets, wildlife or farm animals, this module will help you understand animal health care and basic veterinary procedures. From veterinary health, disease prevention, animal first aid and rehabilitation care, you will learn broad and varied knowledge and skills, which you can take with you into any role where you are working or caring for animals.

Module 2: Wildlife Conservation

  1. Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
  2. Recovery of Threatened Species
  3. Habitat Conservation
  4. Approaches to Conservation of Threatened Wildlife
  5. Vegetation (Flora) Surveys
  6. Fauna Surveys
  7. Marine Conservation
  8. Planning for Wildlife Management
  9. Wildlife Conservation Project

In this module, you will learn how to conduct flora and fauna surveys, learn about wildlife conservation theory, habitat rehabilitation and threatened species recovery. Gain knowledge about the different ways you can conserve wildlife, including the impact habitat use and fragmentation can have, and learn a variety of survey techniques to be used to better understand wildlife, flora, vegetation and marine life.

Module 3: 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 recognise 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 4: 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 5: Animal Diseases

  1. How Animal Diseases are Diagnosed 
  2. Diagnostic Testing 
  3. Viral Diseases  
  4. Bacteria and Fungal Diseases 
  5. Parasitological Conditions 
  6. Metabolic and Nutritional Conditions 
  7. Poisoning 
  8. Inherited Conditions (Genetic Disorders) 
  9. Other Conditions and Disorders 
  10. Research Project

Gain an increased knowledge and understanding of diseases that can affect the health of pets and other animals. You will learn how to examine sick animals and understand how diagnostic procedures are applied for determining diseases, including identifying common animal poisonings. You will learn about the warning signs associated with different diseases and have a better capacity to make decisions about caring for sick animals and knowing when to seek advice from a skilled veterinarian.

Module 6: Zoo Keeping

  1. The Nature and Scope of Zoos
  2. Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos
  3. Captive Husbandry -Nutrition and Feeding
  4. Captive Husbandry – Health
  5. Captive Husbandry –Reproduction and Captive Breeding
  6. Captive Husbandry -Behaviour and Enrichment
  7. Human-Animal Interactions
  8. Enclosure Design and Maintenance
  9. Research Project – Environmental Enrichment

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.

Module 7: Animal Behaviour

  1. Introduction toInfluences 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.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five 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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