Aviculture (Bird Aviary) Course Online

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks




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Whether you are an bird keeping enthusiast or seeking a profession in the bird industry, this experiential-based course is designed to help you develop knowledge and skills to be a confident and successful bird keeper.

There are 8 Lessons in this course:

1. Scope and Nature of Bird Care

    • Introduction
    • Selection
    • Grooming
    • Hygiene
    • Terminology

2. Breeds

    • Bird types
    • Choosing a bird
    • Commonly kept birds

3. Housing Birds

    • Aviaries
    • Minimum requirements for keeping birds
    • Water, feeding and stimulation equipment

4. Feed and Nutrition

    • Feed and feeding
    • Watering
    • Nutritional requirements

5. Health Management

    • Caring for the sick bird
    • Safety on the home
    • Traveling
    • Common ailments

6. Bird Behaviour and Training

    • Catching/restraining
    • Bird Behaviour
    • Training Birds

7. Breeding

    • Sexing and Desexing
    • Breeding
    • Welfare
    • Reproduction
    • Neo-natal care

8. Working in the Bird Industry

    • Pet trade and breeding
    • Showing
    • Avian health
    • Pigeon racing
    • Falconry
    • Zoos and Wildlife Parks
    • Avian tourism
    • Farming birds for meat, eggs, feathers or oils
    • Birds for pest control
    • Bird fertilizer -manure

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.