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Your Tutors:    Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons);  Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)



Online Animal Behaviour Course This advanced animal behaviour course covers a fascinating range of topics. You’ll  learn a wide range of skills and knowledge with various types of animals including animal psychology, how to observe animals and record their behaviour, how their biology impacts on their behaviour, how to use what you learn to apply […]


This course is designed for students who want to learn a wide range of skills and knowledge about animal health care.  Modules covered include Animal Health Care, Natural Animal Health Care, Diagnosing Animal Diseases and a choice of either Animal Behaviour or Pet Care for students want to work or who are involved in the […]


Students gain a strong foundation of skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas including nutrition, feed, health care, animal anatomy and physiology in the three core modules.  A choice of one elective from a range allows students to gain specific husbandry and management skills in cattle, sheep, poultry or pigs.  


The Advanced Certificate in Equine Studies provides a unique, comprehensive opportunity for individuals interested in horses, horse care, and the horse industry. Individuals completing this Advanced Certificate program of study will gain a solid foundation in equine husbandry skills and practical knowledge.


Learn more on how to give proper care to your pets; dogs, cats, fish, birds, roddents, rabbits. Providing them with nutritious healthy food & proper hygiene. This online course is designed for students who want to learn Breeding, Feeding, Grooming, Skin care, Exercise & Behaviour of their pets.  Students may choose two electives from a […]


A foundation course for those looking to work their way into employment with wildlife. Undertake studies in vertebrate zoology, wildlife management, ecology, ornithology, marine studies I and environmental assessment. Modules combined to provide you with a working knowledge of wildlife and their environments. A great course to get you started on your wildlife career.


This online course is designed for students who want to learn a wide range of skills and knowledge about Zoo Keeping.   This course covers not only zoo keeping, but also animal behaviour, and animal health care


In this online animal behaviour course you will learn to understand why animals behave the way they do. This course was written due to the demand from adult learners who want to understand animal behavior but don’t want to commit to an expensive and long term degree to do so.  Learn to understand difficult behaviour […]


Animal breeding can be undertaken on any level, from a part time hobby or part-time business (e.g. breeding and selling pets), through to a very serious and highly sophisticated profession (such as the breeding of racehorses). A science based course, animal breeding online, goes into genetics, artificial and natural selection, cross breeding and artificial insemination […]


Do you love animal grooming?  This animal grooming online course will show you how in 10 easy lessons. This practical animal grooming online course is delivered online and will give you the skills and knowledge you need gain competency in animal grooming. It is suitable for both enthusiasts and professionals. Recommended for those wanting to be […]

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What Career Options are Possible?

Depending upon which course you study there are many possible career options including:

  • pet carer
  • dog walker
  • dog groomer
  • veterinary assistant
  • animal welfare
  • animal attendant
  • zoo keeper

If you’re not ready to commit to a long or expensive course, our short courses are ideal options to get started without over-committing.  For some students they will need to do further study to achieve their career goals.

If you already have a farm but wish to commercially raise livestock the following are suitable:

  • beef cattle
  • sheep
  • dairy cattle
  • goats
  • poultry (chicken)
  • pigs (swine).

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit there are many animal business that you can start yourself such as:

  • Start your own dog walking business
  • Start your own dog grooming business
  • Start your own pet shop
  • Start your own animal training business.

Is a Career in Animal Care Right for You?

Working with animals is not always easy, and as a career it may not be the highest paid job.  However if you have a strong love of animals and really enjoy caring for them, then it could be one of the most rewarding paths you can take.   The work itself may not always be pleasant or in the best conditions.  Consider the fact that  you will most likely have to get dirty, working with animals is not always a clean task.  You will also have to spend time cleaning up after them as well!  Additionally the work may also be outdoors in all weather as animals need to be cared for regardless of the rain and cold.  In many situations the hours may be unconventional for example working on a Dairy you will be rising before dawn to get the cows in and fed.  So think about if you like a good long sleep in!

The other aspect that’s not always discussed when working with animals is loss.  If you love animals and work with them regularly there will come a time when an animal may pass away from health issues or old age.  Grief can be an unexpected part of working with animals. You need to prepare yourself for this especially if you are very sentimental.

Have we talked you out of it yet?  We hope not because if you’ve gotten this far we’re sure that its your first choice.  The rewards are huge when you get work at what you love.


What Animal Courses do you Offer?

Careerline offers a wide range of animal care courses, including specialised courses such as Dog Psychology, Cat Psychology, Animal Diseases, Aquarium Management and more. We also have a range of wildlife and zookeeper courses available.

Our Animal Husbandry courses cover a wide range of agricultural animals such as Sheep, Goat, Pig, Poultry, Beef (and Dairy) Cattle and more, additionally our Husbandry A, B and C cover the anatomy and physiology, nutrition and health care of a range of agricultural animals.

Horse care is covered by our range of equine studies, including the specialised modules: horse behaviour and horse breeding. Additionally, Careerline also offers a range of animal behaviour and aquaculture courses.

All our animal courses come as 100 hour modules.  They are self-paced and offered online, designed by industry experts and planned to give you the practical knowledge and skills you will need on you career with animals.