Diagnosing Animal Diseases Online Course

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks



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Study this course with a foundation in the systematic investigation and diagnosis of health disorders in animals.  This course is suitable for:

  • Farmers
  • Wildlife Carers
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Animal carers

Routine disease investigations are based on clinical, pathological and epidemiological evidence. If there is a need for conclusive identification of a disease or condition, an accurate laboratory diagnosis should be obtained. It is particularly important, especially in the case of infectious diseases that the final diagnosis rests on adequate aetiological evidence. In most cases, disease investigations are carried out by qualified government stock inspectors and/or veterinarians. It helps for animal owners to understand and be able to recognise disease conditions that may affect their animals, so that timely intervention can occur.


  • Discuss conducting examinations
  • Determine information to collect for analysis of an animal’s condition.
  • Describe how to collect samples
  • Identify information required for diagnostic testing
  • Describe different diagnostic tests that may be performed
  • Explain common characteristics of animal viral diseases
  • Discuss significance a range of viral diseases that affect animals
  • Determine characteristics of bacterial and fungal animal diseases
  • Differentiate the characteristics of a range of common bacterial and fungal diseases
  • Discuss and differentiate a range of parasitological conditions that affect animals
  • Discuss and differentiate a range of metabolic and nutritional diseases that affect animals
  • Discuss and differentiate some common disorders that result from poisoning or toxins
  • Discuss and differentiate a range of genetic disorders that affect animals
  • Identify and discuss miscellaneous non-pathological factors that affect animal health, including allergies, dehydration and age
  • Undertake a holistic evaluation of indicators of illness in sick animals



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.