Professional Certificate in Animal Welfare

Your journey towards becoming a compassionate animal welfare professional starts with the Professional Certificate in Animal Welfare. Imagine having the knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact on the lives of animals in need. Whether you dream of working with rescue organisations, caring for animals in shelters, or advocating for wildlife conservation, this course empowers you to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.
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 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 47 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 Shelter Assistant
  • Pet Boarding / Kennel Assistant
  • Wildlife Shelter Assistant or Ranger
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Professional Pet-Minder
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Animal Hospital Carer
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. Preventive 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. This module  gives you a sound introduction on what to expect in these practices, from common routine health treatments to the administration of animal healthcare.

Module 2: 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 3: 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 4:  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. Common disorders that result from poisoning or toxins 
  9. Inherited Conditions (Genetic Disorders) 
  10. Other Conditions and Disorders 
  11. 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 qualified veterinarian.

Module 5:  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 will enhance your understanding of animal health, focusing on natural and holistic approaches to care. It begins with an introduction to natural animal health care, teaching you to recognize signs of ill health and the importance of natural nutrition for animals. It also delves into holistic methods for maintaining health and treating health problems, covering a range of diseases and health issues in both domestic animals and livestock. Lastly, it culminates with a case study research project, providing practical insights into real-world applications of natural health care strategies for animals.

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.

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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