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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

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.




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Learn how to look after your pet with natural health treatments.

  • Learn about the nature and scope of natural therapies that can be used to treat animals.

  • Gain knowledge about a holisitic approach to the health of your pet or animals that you look after.

  • Learn how to identify signs of ill health in animals.

  • Study different natural approaches to animal health care, including - naturopathy, herbal treatments, tactile therapy, and homoeopathy.

  • Recognised course - recognised by the Complementary Medical Association.

This course is ideal for both animal owners and people who work with animals -  from pet shop and animal shelter staff to farmers and animal attendants at wildlife parks.


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 Natural Animal Health Care course comprises  8 lessons as outlined, below.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
  • Limitations of Conventional Medicine
  • Holistic Treatments
  • Homoeopathy
  • Flower Essences
  • Naturopathy
  • Natural Nutrition
  • Tactile Therapy (Massage, Equine Tactile Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Physiotherapy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Microcurrent, Microwave Therapies, Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Benefits of Natural Health Care
  • Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare
  • Health and Safety in Veterinary Practice (Separating Animals, Infectious Diseases,
    Containing Disease, Disposal of Dead/Infected Tissues, Dangerous non-Animal Wastes, Storage & Handling of Supplements/Equipment)
Lesson 2. Signs of Ill Health
  • Normal Vital Signs
  • Recognising Ill Health
  • Disease Diagnosis
  • Homoeopathic Remedies
  • Signs of Shock
  • Signs of Internal Bleeding
  • Signs of Poisoning
  • First Aid
Lesson 3. Natural Nutrition for Animals
  • The effect of Modern Living on Domestic Animals
  • Processed Pet Foods
  • Affect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour
  • Good Nutrition for Domesticated Animals (Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats/Lipids, Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements, Recipes)
  • Nutritional Problems in Animals (Allergies, Dermatitis, Overweight, Underweight, Liver Disease), Livestock (Mineral supplements for farm animals, Nutritional Supplements)

Lesson 4. Holistic Health Care - Maintaining Health
  • Creating a Healthy Environment (Domestic pets, Livestock)
  • Health Maintenance
  • Preventing Arthritis in Dogs
  • The Vaccination Debate
  • Pet Dental Care
  • Flea Control
  • Disease Prevention in Livestock
  • Preventing Disease in Poultry
  • Avian Influenza

Lesson 5. Holistic Health Care - Treating Health Problems
  • Naturopathic Treatment
  • Homeopathic Treatment
  • Herbalism
  • Treating Common Ailments (Arthritis, Skin Problems, Digestive Complaints, Diabetes, Dental Problems )
  • Pain Management
  • Identifying Pain
  • Pain Relief Medication
  • Herbal Treatments
  • Homoeopathy
  • Flower Essences
  • Physical Therapy
  • Equine Tactile Therapy
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Canine Myofunctional Therapy
  • Behavioural Problems (Dogs - excessive barking, digging, aggression, phobias; Cats - urine spraying, scratching furniture, aggression; Birds)

Lesson 6. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
  • Dogs - Distemper, Heartworm, Parvo virus, Hydatid Disease
  • Cats - Ringworm, Feline Aids - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Hairballs, Feline Herpes Virus or Cat Flu
  • Rodents - Respiratory problems and Mycoplasma, Abscesses
  • Reptiles - Mouth Rot or Canker (Stomatitis); cytoparasites (Mites); Pneumonia
  • Fish, Cage Birds, etc.

Lesson 7. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)

  • Notifiable Diseases
  • Control of Internal Parasites
  • Horses (Tetanus, Lock Jaw, Strangles, Parasites, Colic, Equine Influenza)
  • Cattle (Parasites, Mastitis)
  • Pigs (Exudative Epidermitis of pigs (Greasy Pig), Leptospirosis, Parasites)
  • Sheep (Enterotoxemia (Pulpy Kidney), Cutaneous Myiasis (Blow Fly strike)
  • Poultry (Newcastle Disease (NCD), Yolk Sac Infection, Infectious Bronchitis (IB)

Lesson 8. Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project
  • Symptoms of ill-health displayed by an animal
  • Diagnosis of a problem
  • Deciding on a natural course of treatment for a specific health problem
  • Developing a management plan that an owner of the animal can undertake to help treat a problem and relieve associated pain and discomfort


Preventing Health Problems is Better than Responding after they Occur

Living in the modern world can negatively impact animal health, every bit as much as on human health.  Pesticide residues, polluted air and impure foodstuffs can create problems with pets, farm animals and wildlife.

By-products from cities and factories such as smoke and traffic fumes can deplete vitamins A, E and C in large quantities. Sprays also deplete these vitamins as well as reducing zinc and magnesium levels. Anaemia is common in many animals despite iron being added to most foods. This is due to the fact that iron cannot be processed by the body without the presence of copper in the diet. Copper can be added to the diet simply by placing a piece of copper conduit in the animal’s drinking water.

Well-fed, psychologically content and properly exercised animals, have a healthy immune system which means they are better at fighting disease, are less prone to illness and should live a long and happy life.

Creating and maintaining a healthy environment in conjunction with providing a balanced and nutritious diet will always be a preferred way to maintain an animal’s wellbeing.


You can start the Natural Animal Health Care 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.


  • Well established, and independent - ACS were established in 1979, and remain an independent distance learning school.

  • Quality - Our courses are written and tutored by specialists, with real world experience.  This means that our students can expect to receive a high quality of learning.

  • Start at any time - You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.

  • Flexible learning - Fit your studies around your busy lifestyle.  Choose from online or eLearning options to enable you to study where and when you want to.



  • Learn to understand animal health and nutrition.

  • Learn about preventative steps that you can take to maintain a healthy animal.

  • Learn how to identify ill health and use natural approaches to treating it.

  • This course is ideal for people who work with animals, or for animal lovers who want to ensure the best care for their own animals.



We understand how important it is to choose the right course.  If you have any questions please use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE to contact one of our animal health care tutors, they are always happy to help.


Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Cheryl McLardyA scientist, teacher, writer and animal scientist, with more than 20 years experience including: Sports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has travelled widely, working in England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand; and is now based in Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Higher National Diploma in Horse Management, and a City and Guilds Teaching Certificate.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

Check out our eBooks

Animal Feed & NutritionThe Aniaml Feed and Nutrition ebook is a comprehensive guide to animal feed and the nutritional requirements of different animals.
Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.
Animal PsychologyExplore how animals think and comare how this differs between different animals (and humans)
Working with AnimalsIf you enjoy interacting with animals, are interested in biological science, or are passionate about wildlife, pets or farming; you may thrive in the type of jobs outlined in this book. Get to know more about the industries and the occupations that you could do. The Working with Animals ebook is a comprehensive catalogue to inspire you in your career in working with animals!