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Animal Care Diploma

  • About This Course

    Our Animal Care Diploma is designed to assist the student in understanding the basic needs of animals by introducing them to certain animal profiles. These range from dogs and cats to horses and reptiles. 

    Students will then be able to comfortably understand animal breeds and, at an early stage, pass on any problems or information to vets or owners to provide a greater deal of care.

    About Animal Care

    The Animal Care Course is not designed as a veterinary assistants course, but rather as a possible introduction to the field of animal care and hopefully in the future encourage you to consider a career in animal management.

  • Course lessons

    Module 1 – Cats.

    • Discuss how important the breed of cat is as a selection criterion.
    • Describe what impact improper feeding can have on a cat's health.
    • Define whether it is possible to train a cat.


    Module 2 – Dogs.

    • Evaluate the dangers of inadequate feeding and overfeeding.
    • Investigate canine nutrition.
    • Discuss exercise.
    • Define grooming.
    • Analyse how a disease/illness is identified.


    Module 3 – Horses.

    • Discuss points you should consider when buying a horse.
    • Define conformation.
    • Describe the ideal stable.
    • List for what purposes you would use a dandy brush.
    • List for what purposes you would use a body brush.
    • Identify the symptoms of Colic.


    Module 4 – Birds.


    • Describe the varieties of housing available to the bird keeper.
    • Explain how to handle a bird correctly.
    • Identify what clues you would look for if a bird seemed unwell.
    • Discuss how you would identify and treat constipation.


    Module 5 – Rabbits.


    • Analyse the factors that one might need to consider when choosing a rabbit.
    • Discuss suitable housing for a pet rabbit.
    • Define a healthy diet for an adult working buck and investigate why caution is necessary when feeding fresh plants to your rabbits.
    • Describe the correct way to handle a rabbit.
    • Identify some common ailments a rabbit might suffer from.


    Module 6 – Reptiles and Amphibians.

    • Explain the distinguishing characteristics of reptiles and amphibians.
    • Describe how you would house reptiles or amphibians.
    • Discuss how you would generally care for reptiles/amphibians.
    • Evaluate feeding routines.


    Module 7 – Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Mice.                         

    • Describe suitable housing for a guinea pig.
    • Evaluate what temperature guinea pigs should be kept at and discuss what happens if the temperature drops.
    • Analyse what food should you never feed to a guinea pig and explain why.
    • Explain what can happen if a female hamster with a litter is disturbed and how can this be avoided.
  • Accreditation

    This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

    Online Academy work with Quality Licence Scheme (Quality Licence Scheme). The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.



    At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

    Course Outcomes

    Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

    A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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