Pet Care Courses

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Study animal care and behaviour by distance learning to improve your job prospects and knowledge of animals.

  • This detailed course covers a wide range of topics from pet care to more unusual pets, such as snakes.
  • You choose the modules that suit you and your interests.


Learn about animal behaviour

  • Understanding behaviour is a vital aspect of handling any animals.
  • Learn about the processes behind exhibited animal behaviour.
  • An ideal foundation course for careers in animal training or animal care.
  • Flexibility - you will be able to choose to focus your learning on a particular animal or group of animals.


More info & enrolment: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR BAG203 »
Invest your time in a growth industry - learn about grooming animals


  • 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.




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 »

Care for animals - put your passion into practice!

Do you have a passion for the protection of animals? 

This course provides a solid foundation of learning that will help you to put into action your dedication to upholding the rights of all animals to be protected.

  • Learn about animal psychology, the protection, health, and rescue services dedicated to animals, and much more.






More info & enrolment: ANIMAL WELFARE BAG224 »

Learn about looking after fish and in an aquarium environment


  • Learn all about aquarium management  - private and commercial.
  • Understand the importance of a balanced ecosystem.
  • Learn about water quality and management.
  • Learn about the types of fish to keep and what not to keep.

More info & enrolment: AQUARIUM MANAGEMENT BEN105 »
Learn to Care for Birds ~ Access Experts From Home ~ Start Anytime Online 
  • Learn all about bird keeping with an online course from ACS Distance EducationCourse materials suitable for amateurs and professionals.
  • Online eight lessons, requires completion of an assignment at the end of each lesson, use it for guidance and advice! 
  • Access to our tutors who are highly qualified, experienced and extremely supportive. They are happy to help with any questions you may have during the course.







More info & enrolment: BIRD KEEPING BAG108 »

Learn online the psychology of cats. Understand how to manage behaviours and train them. 

  • Understand how cats behave.
  • Learn how cats communicate.
  • Learn about cat behaviour training.

Looking after cats is more than caring for their physical needs. The emotional needs of cats need to be cared for to keep them happy. 

Cats are complex animals. Learn new skills to make your work with cats more effective than ever. 








More info & enrolment: CAT PSYCHOLOGY AND TRAINING BAG222 »
Study the principles of psychology and how these can be used 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 5 core modules of Animal Behaviour, Introduction to Psychology, Dog Psychology, Cat Psychology and Training and Equine Behaviour. Then specialise with the selection of 1 module from a range of elective modules.

Learn more about animal health care, pet care and animal behaviour;

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 well-being 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? Learn about caring for dogs
  • Our animal specialist course developers have designed a fantastic practical program to take you through all general aspects of dog care.
  • Learn the science of dog care - the anatomy, physiology, nutrition and health care of these wonderful creatures.
  • Consider practical strategies for breeding. Recognise breeds and their characteristics and apply relevant practical training tips to work with those breeds effectively.





More info & enrolment: DOG CARE BAG105 »
Learn to understand the behaviour of dogs. The industry needs people who have understanding of canines to extended level. 

At ACS we love dogs. So we have ensured that respect and welfare is at the core of this course in training and managing the behaviours of dogs. 

  • Understand how dogs behave the way they do and how they react to external influences.
  • Learn about the anatomical and physiological development of dogs and how this impacts on their behaviours. 
  • Learn all about dog behaviours with this course and apply your knowledge to dog training and behavioural management.

Although we cannot advocate for any particular dog trainer or behaviour expert, we do know that affection, discipline and exercise is essential for a dog to have a comfortable and happy life.

If you can help people to set boundaries with their dogs, to show how them how to communicate affection in ways for dogs to understand, and to recognise the role and importance of exercise, then you too are on your path to becoming a dog trainer or behaviour advisor.

What are you waiting for? 

More info & enrolment: DOG PSYCHOLOGY AND TRAINING BAG221 »

Get to know your cats

Unlike our canine friends, who are forever seeking human companionship, the felines are an entity of their own. This is not to say that cats do not like companionship… but it is on their terms! Whether you are working with cats or want to develop a deeper understanding of your pets, this online course will not disappoint.





More info & enrolment: DOMESTIC CAT CARE BAG107 »

Herpetology as a hobby or a career

Learn to identify understand and manage reptiles and amphibians

Herpetology is the fascinating and challenging study of reptiles and amphibians. Whether you want to keep these amazing animals as pets or venture down the herpetology-based career path, this course will serve you well.

  • Learn to identify, understand, and manage reptiles and amphibians

  • Understand habitat requirements for reptiles and amphibians in captivity.

  • Learn about environmental, ecological and conservation issues relating to reptiles and amphibians.


Start the course at any time and study at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.





More info & enrolment: HERPETOLOGY BEN209 »

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 a natural route to caring for the health of your pet.

  • Study the nature and scope of natural therapies for a wide variety of domestic animals and livestock.

  • Learn about Holistic Treatments.

  • Understand how treat animal illnesses and adopt a natural, preventative approach to maintain good animal health.

  • Students will learn the importance of good nutrition and how this promotes good animal health by providing the essential elements needed to boost an animals immune system.

  • This course is perfect for people who would like to work in Animal Health Care through holistic methods such as naturopathy, homoeopathy, herbal treatments and tactile therapy. 

  • Recognised course - recognised by the Complementary Medical Association.




More info & enrolment: NATURAL ANIMAL HEALTH CARE BAG218 »

Learn more about the care of pets

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 »

An introduction to the care and management of poultry.

  • 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.