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Animal Welfare Certificate

170 Study Hours
Dollar Sign Payment Plan From Only $50 per week
Lifetime Access Available Worldwide
$349 $249

Are you a animal lover who wants to turn your passion into a rewarding career?  Perhaps you've always dreamed of helping to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need?  This Certificate in Animal Welfare will give you the comprehensive knowledge to kickstart those dreams.

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True animal lovers will appreciate this course because it gives them an opportunity to pursue a career within animal welfare agencies such as the RSPCA. You’ll learn to recognise common health problems, animal behaviour, and signs of ill health. Your skills will help to assist in veterinary facilities, understand safety and first aid, administration of animal health, preventative health care, routine health treatments, health problems in domestic pets and rehabilitation care.

Industry Facts

According to the Australian Government's JobOutlook website, the number of people working as animal attendants continues to grow with a predicted 12,000 new job openings in the next 5 years.  It is a role for passionate animal lovers who believe in the protection and welfare of animals and who want to build a career in the animal protection services.

Industry Recognised
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Animal Welfare Certificate.

Career Pathways

  • Animal hospital assistant
  • Educational and research organisations
  • Animal refuges and welfare organisations
  • Pet shops
  • Animal breeders
  • Animal accommodation facilities (e.g. kennels and catteries)
  • Wildlife reserves, parks and zoos
  • Farms
  • Suppliers of veterinary products and pet foods
  • Teaching institutions

Course Delivery + Learner Support

  • Delivered 100% online, no classroom required
  • Instant access (simply enrol online, anytime)
  • Assessments are short answer and multiple choice
  • Fast turnaround on marking (within 1 business day)
  • One on one tutor support
  • Live chat, 7 days a week

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Snippet from Course Library: Case study 1: Wolves in Yellowstone National Park:


By the late 1920s, wolves were completely eradicated from the areas in and around Yellowstone National Park due to hunting for sport, pelts and to protect livestock.

With the removal of the apex predator from the environment, elk populations skyrocketed. The overpopulation of elk that were now able to remain more static without the threat of predation had substantial knock-on effects, including the collapse of populations of willow and aspen trees. This caused a reduction in the berries from these plants available for pre-hibernation food for grizzly bears.

The loss of these trees also led to soil erosion around the waterways which caused reduced stability of the riverbanks and increased pollution of the water, as well as heavily reducing the beaver population who rely heavily on willow and aspen to build dams. Without the dams in the waterways, the water temperatures increased which had a major impact on the migration of salmon up riverways.


A small pack of wolves was translocated to the area in the 1990’s and within only a couple of years had created a noticeable change in the populations (and importantly, the movement) of elk.

Shortly thereafter, willow and aspen began to regrow along riverbanks helping the rivers run faster and cleaner. Within a few years, beavers started returning and transforming the landscape with their dams, improving the water for salmon migration. This in turn helped improve the diet of grizzly bears who often utilise dammed areas to catch salmon, as well as seeing a return of the berries they graze on prior to hibernation.


The removal of one species from an ecosystem can have devastating effects that reach much further than the initial species involved. With the world facing unprecedented levels of extinction over the coming decades, it is vital to recognise the substantial flow on effects of any changes to ecosystems, habitats or even individual species.



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