Certificate in Zoology

The Certificate in Zoology will provide you with knowledge about animal healthcare and first aid. Moreover, you’ll deep dive into topics about animal behaviours, veterinary facilities, genetics, nature and scope of zoos, human-animal interactions, the animal captivity environment, and more.
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 discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan starting from $26 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with 12 months of access time to complete your course.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes
  • Zookeeper
  • Zoo Assistant
  • Aquarium Assistant
  • Veterinary Services
  • Wildlife Reserve Ranger
  • Wildlife Office
Course Modules

Animal Healthcare

  1. Introduction to Animal Healthcare
  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. Preventive Health Care
  10. Routine Health Treatments
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  12. Rehabilitation Care

Animal Behaviour

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

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 – Reproduction
  5. Captive Husbandry – Behaviour and Enrichment
  6. Human-Animal Interactions
  7. Enclosure Design and Maintenance
  8. Problem-Based Learning
  9. Project – Environmental Enrichment
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.

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

tudents will undertake 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.


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 onto 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.

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.

*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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