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 Understanding behaviour is a vital aspect of handling any animals

" Mr Douglas is a fantastic tutor, I have learnt so much from him. He gave comments that aided in understanding and was always positive and encouraging....makes me feel not so distant. His tutoring made me strive harder."
- Lisa

All animals have very different and specialised abilities that result from both innate programming and learned behaviours. Understanding the processes behind any exhibited behaviour or action can greatly assist people in correctly and safely handling the animal. The study of animal behaviour provides a foundation for animal training, or more generally, animal care. It also provides very real insights and a foundation for understanding human behaviour. During the course of your studies you may choose to focus your learning on a particular animal or group of animals. This course is highly relevant to pet owners, vet assistants, zoo employees, wildlife carers or anyone working with animals in any situation.



More info & enrolment: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR BAG203 »
Animal Grooming is a growth industry. Pet owners want their pets well turned out and well groomed. More and more people show their animals and pets.  Being able to groom animals is a way for you to care for your own animals or even set up your own business grooming other people's animals.
This course in Animal Grooming enables you to train in Animal Grooming in the comfort of your own home.  
A great course for anyone who is interested in animals, would like to find a new way to earn money or a way to groom their own animals!

More info & enrolment: ANIMAL GROOMING (BAG106) »

Animal Health Care Course - you will develop your understanding of veterinary and animal health care practices. Learn more about animal health care.

ACS Student Comment: Yes [I found the course valuable]. I have animals, I am a dog training instructor. I am planning to commence a business providing in-home care to a variety of animals. So I wanted to upgrade my knowledge of animal health. I enjoyed the course and feel I have learned a lot. Beverley Bell,  Animal Health Care course.

An ideal starting point for someone wanting a career in the veterinary industry or who wants to work in health care with pets or farm animals.

Learn about common health problems, animal behaviour, signs of ill health, Veterinary facilities, safety and first aid, administration of animal health, preventative health care, routine health treatments, health problems in domestic pets and rehabilitation care.

More info & enrolment: ANIMAL HEALTH CARE VAG100 »

Having an aquarium may be a very rewarding experience as they bring the feeling of the wonderful underwater world to your eyes. You may choose to build an aquarium for various purposes, whether it’s as a hobbyist for recreational reasons, for commercial or breeding purposes, for exhibitions and shows.

While an aquarium can be used for a number of different purposes, the most important aspect is the division of aquarium types as each has specific requirements in terms of water quality, salinity, temperature, hardware, filtration, lighting, decoration fish selection and other species. Many new to aquaria may start out with small and very basic systems with minimal equipment, and easy to care for species, while developing the skill and knowledge to manage more complex aquatic systems. 

More info & enrolment: AQUARIUM MANAGEMENT BEN105 »
Learn to understand the psychology of cats with this Cat Psychology course and apply that understanding to their management, including training.

Cats are wonderful creatures, but they can be annoying and infuriating at times. Many cat owners will know the irritations of scratched furniture and cats who do not listen to what they say.   Owners have tried many different options at managing the behaviour of their cats, and this course is an opportunity to explore all of those options.

More info & enrolment: CAT PSYCHOLOGY AND TRAINING BAG222 »
Study the principles of psychology and how we can use them to improve animal behaviour.
Train to work with animals.
Learn more about psychology, dog psychology, cat psychology, equine behaviour and animal behaviour in general.
There are five core modules of Animal Behaviour, Introduction to Psychology, Dog Psychology, Cat Psychology and Training and Equine Behaviour. Then choose one module from a range of elective modules.



Learn more about animal health care, pet care and animal behaviour and even how to start your own animal related business with this certificate in Companion Animal Studies.


 Work in the Pet Industry

Learn the animal husbandry, business and management skills, needed to start a career working with pets or providing support services within the pet industry.

This course provides a valuable foundation in handling and caring for all types of domestic animals; and offers options to specialize and direct your studies into one of a number of different areas depending upon your individual needs and ambitions.



Learn about supporting the health and wellbeing of pets.

  • Study for a career in pet care or welfare.
  • An extensive course covering animal health, diseases, nutrition and genetics providing a solid foundation in the care of pets.
  • ACS offers flexibility to suit you - start when you want and study at your own pace and with full tutor support.




More info & enrolment: CERTIFICATE IN PET HEALTH CARE VAG035 »
Do you love dogs? We do.
Our animal specialist course developers have designed a fantastic practical program to take you through all general aspects dog care. You will learn the science of dog care as you learn about anatomy, physiology, nutrition and heath. Consider practical strategies for breeding and develop an opinion about breeding overall. Recognise breeds and their characteristics and apply relevant practical training tips to work with those breeds effectively.
Use the experience of your tutor and their industry knowledge to answer the questions you've always wanted to ask!

More info & enrolment: DOG CARE BAG105 »

Get started today and learn to understand the behaviour of dogs and apply that to their training and behavioural management.

Are you involved in dog training? Do you want to understand more about how your dog thinks?  You can't understand why your dog behaves the way it does? You need to learn more! An understanding of canine psychology and behaviour is vitally important for anyone who works with dogs or keeps them as a companion animal.
Understanding how the domesticated dog has developed anatomically and physiologically from its wild counterpart, the wolf, will helps us to understand behaviours commonly seen in today’s domesticated dog and therefore allows us to provide an environment in which the dog remains a happy and healthy companion.

More info & enrolment: DOG PSYCHOLOGY AND TRAINING BAG221 »
Learn to identify, understand, and manage Reptiles and Amphibians 
  • Both in the wild and in captivity 
  • Study at your own pace, from anywhere in the world

More info & enrolment: HERPETOLOGY »

Introductory course to the care of horses. Find out more with this distance learning course on horse care.

Learn to manage the daily requirements of a horse at grass. The course aims to develop:

  • The ability to handle horses using a range of different procedures
  • Skills to evaluate a horses conformation
  • An understanding of diet
  • Knowledge of grooming procedures
  • An ability to develop appropriate management procedures
  • Knowledge of commercial opportunities, including trading horses.

  • More info & enrolment: HORSE CARE I BAG102 »
    Learn more about the care of pets with this distance learning course in pet care. Understand more on pet behaviour, animal breeding and selection, animal health care. A great course for pet owners, people wanting to work with pets and those wanting to improve their knowledge of pet health care.


    More info & enrolment: PET CARE AAG100 »

    Poultry Course - an introduction to the care and management of poultry with this 100 hour distance learning course.

    Learn to keep chickens and other poultry.

    Understand the care and management of poultry.

    Suitable for people wanting poultry at home or for commercial purposes.

    Develop strategies for a poultry business.




    More info & enrolment: POULTRY BAG208 »
    Professional Award in Animal Care Distance Learning
    Become a Professional Animal Carer through Distance Learning. If you already know your discipline and industry, you have a head start on being a successful animal care specialist. This course is designed to "top up" the skills you already have; giving you expanded skills you can offer employers or clients; and new ways of applying the knowledge you already have in an industry you already know.

    Add training or health concepts and practical skills to your existing skills, to broaden business opportunities or attractiveness to employers. You don't need to commit to a degree to be an Animal Care Professional Many Animal Care professionals are in fact not qualified at all Success in Animal Care comes by having up to date, usable skills; good networking (contacts with industry) and being sensitive to the needs of owners and their pets.

    What is a Proficiency Award? a type of “specialist” certificate; a way of topping up an existing degree or diploma with professional training that gives your employablilty a quantum leap forward; designed to provide a qualification to reflect “knowledge or skills” in a specialised area.