Professional Certificate in Zoology

Are you passionate about animals, especially those in the wild or zoos, nature parks and animal sanctuaries that need care? Do you dream of a fulfilling career where you can make a positive impact in preserving their existence and keeping the balance in the ecosystem? If the idea of turning your passion for caring for wild animals into a fulfilling career entices you, then The Professional Certificate in Zoology will equip you with the professional skills and knowledge to get started.
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 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 48 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course is aimed at people interested in working in:

  • Zookeeper
  • Zoo Assistant
  • Aquarium Assistant
  • Veterinary Services
  • Wildlife Reserve Ranger
  • Wildlife Office
  • Herpetology
Course Modules

Module 1: 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

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 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

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

  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. This module will help you 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 4: Herpetology

  1. Introduction to Herpetology
  2. Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
  3. Reptile Biology
  4. Class Amphibia (Amphibians)
  5. Amphibian Biology
  6. Ecology of Reptiles
  7. Ecology of Amphibians
  8. Conservation Issues
  9. Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians

Explore the diverse ecosystems of these creatures, understanding their behaviour and the environmental factors that influence them. Key conservation issues are addressed, providing insights into the challenges and solutions to preserving these species. Additionally, you'll learn practical aspects of keeping reptiles and amphibians, equipping you with the knowledge to care for these animals responsibly.

Module 5: Primatology

  1. Introduction to Primates The Strepsirhines
  2. The Haplorhines
  3. Primate Diet and Nutrition
  4. Primate Health - Illness, Pets, and Diseases
  5. Primate Behaviour in the Wild
  6. Primates Behaviour in Captivity 
  7. Primate Breeding Programmes and Optimum Resources Needed
  8. Managing Primates in Captivity
  9. 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 well-being 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.

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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