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Animal Health Care Online Course (Foundation Vet Nursing)

$ 800.00$ 595.00

Product Description

This introductory course is designed to give you practical understanding of common veterinary nursing procedures.  This course is suitable for anyone looking for a ‘foot in the door’ job with a veterinary clinic and who intends to go on and do further study, or even for those interested in basic animal care.

By studying this course, you will gain valuable experience in understanding many aspects of Animal Health Care.   Careerline Courses recommends that any student interested in pursuing an animal care career engage in ongoing volunteer work to gain the necessary practical experience.

This course dovetails with many of our other animal care courses such as diagnosing animal diseases, pet care, dog care and others.

Course Aims

  • To describe the scope of services offered by animal care services, including veterinary practices.
  • Describe common health problems in various animals, including injuries & diseases, causes of ill health problems in family pets
  • Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations – natural behaviour of animals, problems in wild animals, and behaviour in domestic animals
  • Identify common signs of ill health in different animals – vital signs, the healthy animal, signs & symptoms of disease and diagnose and control of diseases
  • Describe the purposes of different facilities used in veterinary practice, the contents of a first-aid kit, suitable enclosures for animals
  • Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice, workplace safety issues, aspects of health and safety for veterinary practices
  • Describe different administration procedures in veterinary practice, including animal insurance, legal considerations, day to day management of a veterinary office
  • Describe/select first aid procedures/treatments for different animals in response to common health problems in animals, identify types of wounds and suitable treatments
  • Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals, including nutrition & preventative medicine, preventing ill health through correct management, vaccinations
  • To develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals such as de-sexing, managing a pregnancy and euthanasia
  • To develop a broader awareness of health problems and their treatment in domestic pets, discuss ticks and tick borne diseases, Australian animals, birds, reptiles, and fish
  • To develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment, planning a recovery and animal nursing

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Course Outline

There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Animal Health Care
    • Animal welfare and control
    • Veterinary services
    • Code of practice
    • Transporting animals
  2. Common Health Problems
    • Causes of ill health
    • Injury
    • Conditions
    • Nutritional problems
    • Living organisms
    • Parasites
    • Family pets common conditions
    • Dogs
    • Cats
    • Caged birds
    • Aquarium fish
    • Mice
    • Wild animals common conditions
    • Reptiles
  3. Animal Behaviour
    • Communication in dogs
    • Scent
    • Barking
    • Body language
    • Handling cats
    • Bird language
    • Types of behavior
    • Time orientation
    • Space orientation
    • Territorial behavior
    • Aggression
    • Horse psychology
  4. Signs of Ill Health
    • Vital signs
    • The healthy animal
    • Signs & symptoms of diseases
    • Recognising ill health
    • Diagnosis of diseases
    • Taking smears
    • Taking tissue samples
    • Diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
    • Viruses
    • Bacteria
    • Protozoa
    • Parasites
    • Mites
    • Fleas
  5. Veterinary Facilities
    • First aid kit
    • Record management
    • Enclosure for animals
    • Environmental requirements
  6. Safety Procedures
    • Duty of care
    • Lifting heavy weights
    • Reducing back injury
    • Protective equipment
    • Dealing with chemicals
    • Skin penetrating injuries
    • Risk categories
    • Separating animals
    • Disposal of dead/infected tissues
    • Dangerous non-animal wastes
    • Storage and handling of medicines
    • Handling larger animals
  7. Administration of Animal Health
    • Animal insurance
    • Quarantine
    • Importing animals
    • Managing a veterinary office
    • Telephone usage
    • Record keeping
    • Filing information
  8. Animal First Aid
    • Types of wounds
    • Cuts
    • Punctures
    • Tears
    • Treating and cleaning wounds
    • Granulating wounds
    • Stitching a wound
    • Bone and joint problems
    • Broken bones
    • Tendon injury
    • Poisoning
    • Restraining animals during first aid
    • Restraining cats
    • Restraining dogs
    • Restraining horses
    • Restraining cattle
    • Restraining sheep
  9. Preventative Health Care
    • Diet
    • Insect control
    • Dip
    • Vaccinate
    • Avoid stressing livestock
    • Vaccination
  10. Routine Health Treatments
    • De-sexing
    • Castration
    • Vasectomy
    • Spaying
    • Tubal ligation
    • Castration of cats
    • Dogs
    • Pregnancy
    • Gestation periods
    • Euthanasia
    • Anaesthesia and analgesia
    • Preparing an animal for surgery
    • Sterilising equipment
    • Castrating a colt
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
    • Burns
    • Urinary tract infections;
    • Shock
    • Electrolytes
    • Ticks
    • Reptiles
    • Fish problems
  12. Rehabilitation Care
    • Animal nursing
    • Planning a recovery


"This course was amazing! I have learnt a lot and I know that this will help me with future studies."

Amy Baynes

Animal Health Care Student


"Yes and even more so when I actually landed a job working at a vet clinic. It gave me a better understanding of certain situations and how to interact/handle some of the animals."

Tracy Bell

Animal Health Care Student


"Good basic course for anyone looking at getting into the animal industry"

Megan Bethell

Animal Health Care Student


"I think this course in animal health and welfare was a great start into the world of animal care. I also I think all the information I received from doing this course has given me a better understanding in animal health. I would encourage any one to do this course."

Hayley Marie Cowen

Animal Health Care Student


"It provided further knowledge to me about dealing with animal health problems and being able to identify them."

Kate Kearney

Animal Health Care Student


"The course is a great introduction into veterinary science. A good stepping stone into further education in this field."

Julie Landau

Animal Health Care Student


"Yes this was a great course, it gave me plenty of information and gave me the right tools to learn more. My tutor again was a fantastic help and gave me plenty of constructive feed back."

Melanie Reid

Animal Health Care Student


"I have already recommended Careerline to friends who have been impressed by what I have been telling them about the course. I would say it is a great way to either learn more about something you are passionate about or get a foot into the industry you really wish to work in"

Christopher Stitt

Animal Health Care Student


"[To someone thinking about enroling in this course,] Really put your mind too it, it might be a little difficult getting into it, but once you've got your mind set on it, it will be a breeze. Also I would advise someone who is thinking to enrol in this course is to plan their study better than what I did."

Chelsea Dare

Animal Health Care Student


"I definitely found this a valuable source of learning because it enabled me be learning when I was researching for my assignments. It helped me learn and understand all about veterinary nursing, diseases, treatment, symptoms. caging requirements for animals, how to castrate a colt, etc. I found this course thoroughly enjoyable."

Holly Pasque

Animal Health Care Student


"I would definitely encourage anyone to enrol in this course, for me I have learnt so much, that I could never have learned on the internet or in books."

Holly Pasque

Animal Health Care Student