Animal Care Courses

Find the right Animal Care online course for you. Download a course guide to find out more.

Veterinary Nursing Pathway

Want to work with animals but have no experience in the industry? Open Colleges’ Veterinary Nursing Pathway will teach you everything you need to know about veterinary nursing, and open the doors to a rewarding career!

The Pathway combines two qualifications: the Certificate II in Animal Studies and the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This means that even if you have no prior learning or experience in this area, you have a path that could lead you to a veterinary nursing career.

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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Designed to take you from the basics of animal care right through to advanced nursing practice, the Certificate IV will turn you into a fully qualified, expert Veterinary Nurse.

A thorough education in all the areas of vet nursing, the course will teach you Animal anatomy, biology and body systems, How to provide specific animal care, treatment and advice, In-depth knowledge of animal nutrition, How to perform clinic pathology procedures, and The art of communicating with veterinarians, colleagues and pet owners.

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Captive Animals Pathway

The Pathway is perfect for people with no experience in animal care because it combines the foundational Certificate II in Animal Studies with the more advanced Certificate III in Captive Animals course. This means that you get a thorough education, and a great foundation of knowledge from which you can build a solid career in zoo keeping.

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Certificate IV In Captive Animals

Designed as a comprehensive course to ensure you have the skills and knowledge needed to take your zoo keeping career to the next level, the Certificate provides you with advanced skills in interacting, monitoring and observing captive animals. You will also learn how to manage enclosures and exhibits, develop animal diets, review behavioural management strategies, and how to prepare and present information to the public.

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Certificate III In Captive Animals

During your studies you will learn about the daily care of captive animals, including how to interact, monitor and observe them, as well as how to ensure their safety. So whether you aim to work in a zoo, Wildlife Park, mobile zoo, theme park or aquarium, this nationally recognised Certificate III in Captive Animals will provide you with both the theoretical and practical expertise to do so.

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Companion Animal Services Pathway

Embark on the path towards a fulfilling and important dream career with this Companion Animal Services pathway. If you really love animals and want to make working with them the focus of your career, you can now get the qualifications and training that will give you the competitive edge over other potential Animal Care employees.

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Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

This course could be the first step towards owning your own small business in animal care. Learn key skills for the animal industry as well as the basics of running a small business.

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Certificate III In Companion Animal Services

This nationally recognised qualification can be completed at your own pace, online and could potentially lead to employment in the animal services industry.

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Certificate in Animal Care

This course could be a stepping stone to a career in the pet care industry, covering information on shelters, animal shows and grooming and bathing. 

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Certificate II In Animal Studies

Study this as a pathway to vet nursing. Animal carers may undertake administration and clinic duties such as giving medications to animals; feeding, watering and examining animals.

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work successfully in the animal care sector. This course is an entry level course which will act as a solid foundation for your learning.

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