Exploring Animal Care as a Career?



Embark on a journey into the world of animal care with the Foundation Certificate in Animal Husbandry. This course is designed for those eager to gain a solid understanding of animal husbandry principles and practices. Whether you aim to provide the best care for your own animals, contribute meaningfully as a volunteer at shelters, or are exploring animal care as a potential career path, this certificate offers the foundational knowledge you need.

Throughout this course, you will engage with key aspects of animal care including effective handling, comprehensive husbandry, and essential first aid. Each subject is tailored to equip you with a deeper knowledge of animal care principles, ensuring you are well-prepared to make a positive impact in any animal care setting.

This certificate is ideal for anyone looking to enhance their competency in animal husbandry, offering a step-by-step approach to learning that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application. Dive into this rewarding field and discover the many opportunities that effective animal care can offer. Whether you’re improving the lives of your pets, supporting animal welfare organisations, or paving the way to a career in animal care, this course will guide you through every step of the way.

This non-accredited qualification, designed by the experts at ACAC, exceeds established industry standards for animal care related educational courses.

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  • Delivered through our intuitive online ‘Learning Centre’ along with printed learner’s guides, this course is designed to seamlessly integrate into your school, life, and work schedule.
  • The flexibility of this course allows you to study wherever you are, no need to attend campus.

What Will I Study in the

Foundation Certificate in Animal Husbandry

Working with Animals
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Explore the fundamentals of working in the animal care industry. This subject provides an overview of various animal care careers and what they entail, including the necessary skills and typical work schedules. Delve into the basics of identifying different species and breeds, and learn the essential terminology and equipment used in daily operations. Gain practical skills in animal restraint and handling, with specific techniques for managing dogs and cats effectively and safely. This subject lays the groundwork for a successful career in animal care, combining theoretical knowledge with essential practical skills.

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Explore the essentials of effective animal husbandry in this comprehensive subject. Start with an introduction to the basic principles of caring for animals, including how to be prepared for the various needs of different species. Learn about the importance of appropriate housing and how to assist with the day-to-day care of animals. Emphasize the critical roles of workplace and animal hygiene, covering everything from maintaining clean environments to grooming practices. Additionally, understand the requirements for providing proper nutrition and hydration. This subject is designed to equip you with foundational knowledge and practical skills for maintaining the health and well-being of animals in any care setting.

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Gain crucial skills in animal first aid to effectively respond in emergency situations. This subject teaches you to recognize the signs of an emergency, identify potential hazards, and perform basic first aid procedures to stabilize animals in distress. Learn the best practices for safely transporting animals to a veterinary clinic, ensuring they receive professional care as quickly as possible. This course is vital for anyone working with animals, providing the knowledge and techniques needed to act swiftly and responsibly in critical moments.

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This subject delves into the vital role of enrichment in promoting healthy behaviour and overall well-being in animals. Begin with an introduction to both behavioural and environmental enrichment, understanding how these elements influence animal behaviour positively. Explore common maladaptive behaviours and identify their causes. Learn the key elements of effective enrichment strategies that can mitigate these behaviours. Finally, apply your knowledge by designing an enrichment program tailored to specific animal needs, enhancing their physical and psychological health. This course is essential for anyone looking to improve the quality of life for animals in their care.

Get Started on Your Dream Career!

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Don’t live in Australia? That’s no barrier to studying with us. We’re more than happy to have you as a student, and we don’t charge huge international student fees either. Before enrolling with us, we’d like you to be fully informed. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

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Additional Information on the

Foundation Certificate in Animal Husbandry

We’d love to have you on the course!

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Ability to use and access the internet and a computer – this is an online course!


Enrolling could not be easier!

  1. Click on the ‘Enrol Now’ button below.
  2. Enter in all your details, provide payment and press submit.
  3. Wait for our team to confirm your enrolment and email you access details.

Once we have confirmed your payment and enrolment (within a few days), you will receive an email containing your online access details. You can get started straight away! Your printed learner’s guides will be sent out within days.

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Instalments are only available to Australian residents. Overseas based students must pay in full.
  2. If you fly through the course and finish early, you must pay for your course in full before a certificate is issued.
  3. If you decide the course is not for you and want to withdraw, you must still pay for the course cost in full. If you have issues with the course, we urge you to talk to us before withdrawing – we have many solutions!
  4. Your instalment payments will start 30 days after your enrolment is activated and then will be every month until paid in full. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only.
  5. It’s important to contact us if you are struggling with your payments – if you fall behind by 14 days or more without making alternative arrangements, you may be withdrawn from the course.

Prices current from 11th May 2024. All prices include resource fees, tuition costs, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass an assignment after two attempts, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you need longer than 6 months to complete the course.

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We will process your enrolment promptly and send out your resources. No waiting for intakes to start, you can just get studying.

How is this different to Accredited Training?

Nationally Recognised Training (NRT), also known as accredited training, adheres to a specific training package that outlines the requisite skills and knowledge a student must demonstrate to earn a qualification. Each training provider creates their own course content and assessments to meet these standards.

Non-accredited training, on the other hand, is not bound by these predefined packages. Education providers are free to tailor the syllabus to address the unique needs of their students, crafting course content and assessments specifically suited to these requirements.

It is important to note that the distinction between accredited and non-accredited training does not reflect the quality of a course. It simply indicates whether the course follows a standardized training package. At our institution, all courses—whether accredited or not—are designed to surpass industry expectations in terms of the depth of knowledge provided.

This course does not include practical placement requirements. All assessment tasks can be done from home.

This distance education course is delivered through our Online Learning Centre, complemented by printed learner’s guides sent directly to you at no additional cost. The online format provides the flexibility to study around your own schedule and lifestyle without the need for on-campus attendance.

Upon course commencement, you will receive printed learner’s guides that provide a structured, step-by-step approach to your studies and prepare you for assessments. Additionally, our Online Learning Centre offers a wealth of extra study resources. You will also use this portal to submit your assignments.

The assessment for each subject involves a variety of tasks designed to evaluate your understanding and application of the material. These may include written assignments, online quizzes, and practical assessments, which can be completed at home through video recordings or live via Zoom.

This course is designed to be completed within 6 months. 

Typically, students should plan to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to their studies. This ensures sufficient time for completing required readings and assessment tasks. However, if you are able to progress more quickly, you have the option to finish the course sooner.

Please note, additional fees will be incurred if you wish to extend your study period beyond the initial 6 months.

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