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Animal Care courses involve a lot of hands-on learning. After all, professionals in this field spend their days interacting with animals, whether providing food, shelter, or hygiene, or assessing animal health and behaviour. In order to be successful in this career, professionals must have a deep understanding of animal behaviour, as well as know how to respond to this behaviour. Animal Care courses tend to focus studies on animals that you would be most likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis, including cats, dogs, rodents, birds, horses and fish.

Most tertiary institutions that offer Animal Care courses either have an animal-care unit on campus, or else learning occurs off-campus at a range of different facilities (think local catteries, boarding kennels, etc.).

Completing a course in Animal Care will suit those of you who want to work in the animal and care industry. However, certain careers require further study in related fields. For example, if you want to be a veterinarian, you will have to take a course in Veterinary Science. Alternatively, if you see yourself working in a zoo, or with exotic animals, you may want to consider a course in Zoology. That being said, courses in Animal Care are a great way to enter into animal-related fields and a good stepping-stone for further study.

Topics you may cover

  • Animal husbandry: techniques and processes involved in breeding and raising animals
  • Animal health: learning about the anatomy, physiology (functioning) of animals
  • Health and safety in the industry