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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn about Animal Welfare.


In recent decades there has been a global movement to address the welfare of animals regardless of whether they are living in the wild, farms, zoos or as pets.

With this course:

  • You will gain an insight into Animal Sentience and Psychology.
  • You will learn how to Manage Animal Welfare.
  • You will gain a knowledge and understanding of Animal Protection Services, Animal Rescue Services and Animal Health Services.
  • You will learn about animal welfare issues associated with a variety of animals including Wildlife, Pets, Farm Animals, Working Animals and Animals used in Sport.



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A powerful, thought-provoking course

When it comes to animals, and the role that animals play in our lives, there are various beliefs and opinions. On the one hand, you may be of the view that it is perfectly acceptable to use animals, whether it be raising them for food, to have as pets, to use for entertainment purposes etc. On the other hand, you may believe that animals should be treated as equals, and that there is no need for them to be used or exploited by humans in any way. Many people will have views that sit somewhere in between.

Regardless of your personal beliefs on what constitutes the appropriate use of animals, there are various aspects in the utilisation of animals where animal welfare can be identified, addressed and improved.

This truly is a powerful, thought-provoking course; guaranteed to leave you contemplating how you can contribute towards improving the welfare of animals used in human practices.

What will you learn? 

Whether you are interested in wildlife rehabilitation, captive animal welfare, animal training and grooming, domestic animal rescue, animal care…this course will provide you with extensive knowledge and stimulate your conscience.

  • Learn about animal sentience
  • Learn about animal welfare issues in different captive environments - domestic, working animals, zoos and nature parks, and in sport.
  • Learn how you can support and contribute to the welfare of animals


Course Duration: 100 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Lessons: The course comprises 9 lessons.

Lesson 1. Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare
Lesson 2. Psychology and Sentience
Lesson 3. Managing Animal Welfare
Lesson 4. Animal Protection Services
Lesson 5. Animal Rescue Services
Lesson 6. Animal Health Services
Lesson 7. Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport
Lesson 8. Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
Lesson 9. Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive


There are numerous opportunities for wildlife jobs with a background in Animal Welfare.  This includes working for animal protection and rescue organisations, wildlife research, and educating the community on wildlife welfare issues.

Specific areas include:

  • Wildlife Rescue.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation.
  • Community Services and Educational Programmess .
  • Animal Shelters.
  • Administrative, Marketing, Fundraising Staff for Animal Welfare groups.
  • Journalism and Media.
  • Wildlife Researcher.
  • Wildlife Emergency Phone Operators and Drivers.

You can start the Animal Welfare course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


Allow this course to open your eyes and use it to give you the knowledge to get out there and make a difference!

It is important to choose the right course for you.  If you have any questions, our environmental tutors will be more than happy to help you.  Please use our FREE COURSE CONSELLING SERVICE to get in touch with our environmental specialists - people who share your passion for animal life.




Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!