Animal Behaviour Course Online

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks


100 hrs (12 months)



Tutor Support

Yes unlimited by email




About this Course

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 and techniques on how to deal with it. This is a very useful qualification for anyone working with animals or for someone wishing to set up their own business. Learn about the different influences on animal behaviour such as genetics, biology, environmental influences, the part played by instinct and the difference in behaviour in domesticated versus wild populations.

What is Ethology?

The study of animal behaviour (ethology) is of obvious importance in the practice of training animals especially in considering their natural behaviour and how it may be suitable for specific tasks. Additionally, understanding animal behaviour contributes to animal training by means of understanding how to encourage desirable natural behaviour and discourage behaviour traits that are undesirable.

Who is this Animal Behavior Course For?

Careerline’s Animal Behaviour course online is suitable for anyone interested in/or working with animals, trainers, pet carers, pet shop workers, zoo keepers and so on.   If you want to study more, check out our bundle of four animal psychology courses and get this course plus equine behaviour, dog psychology and cat training modules at a discounted rate.

What you will do:

  • Identify factors affecting animal behaviour.
  • Describe the influence of genes on animal behaviour.
  • Explain how animals perceive and how they respond to various stimuli.
  • Explain the influence of environment factors, such as circadian rhythms, on biological clocks, reproductive cycles, orientation and other animal behaviours.
  • Explain the social influences on animal aggression, play, sexual behaviour, communication and other behaviours.
  • Describe different ways that animals learn (such as conditioning and habituation) and some effects of learning on behaviour.
  • Discuss psychological implications of different handling techniques.
  • Identify abnormal animal behaviour (eg. psychotic, neurotic behaviour) and ways to reduce dependence on humans

What do our Animal Behaviour Students say when asked about studying this course?

C. Bierman

Yes, my tutor was very helpful with her comments and feedback as well as the communication when I needed help.
B. Bourrillon
Yes I found it a great experience. I learnt so much from the course material and my own research which had to be conducted for assignments
Yes Karen Catchpole was excellent and providing feedback on my work highlighting things to be changed and useful tips.
I really enjoyed this module and am looking forward to completing the other 3 in my Advanced Zoo Keeping Course
J. James
Yes, I was able to learn about something I was interested in in my own time and in my own way.
K. Mawson
i took on this course as i have a great interest in animal psychology. it was a valuable learning experience as i now know alot more than i did 6 months ago.
Thankyou very much for this course, I have learnt alot and would do it all over again if i could!
C. McGhie
Yes, it has taught me a lot of valuable skills that will allow me to be a great zoo keeper.
M. Reid
This has been a very valuable learning experience for me. This animal behaviour course covered exactly what I need to know for animal behaviour and has given me some great tools to continue working with for future courses/volunteer work.
My tutor was fantastic and helped steer me in the right direction. Karen’s prompt replies to my enquiries ensured that I kept up the momentum with each assignment. Thanks Karen, look forward to starting Animal Health Care.
K. Romeo
This course has taught me a large amount of information I will need to become employed in my chosen profession
All feedback from Karen is constructive and helps me understand certain things more clearly
Christopher Stitt
Yes I was able to consolidate my knowledge of animal behaviour through the readings and assignments
Yes my tutor was excellent and I really appreciated her feedback. I have learned a lot working with her and think she has been a reason for my success and enjoyment of the course
I have enjoyed the courses I have studied and wish I was able to afford to do more as you offer an excellent and diverse range of subjects
S. Toon
I found the course provided new knowledge into animal behaviour that I was unaware of and really made me able to think of the processes of animal behaviour.
Well build out course that provided some good sound knowledge on the topic of animal behaviour and really makes one think outside the box.
K. Window
This course was a fantastic learning experience for me. It has helped me to grow my understanding of animals and their behaviours.
The comments i’d receive with my feedback on my assignments really encouraged me and helped me to stay motivated. They made me feel like I was doing well and learning.

Your Tutor

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek B.V.S. M.Sc. (Parasitology)
Karin Haasbroek

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.

During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.