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Course Code: VAG100 | Nominal Duration: 100 hours 

  • To work with pets or other animals
  • To better care for your own animals
  • To expand your awareness of animal health


Student Comment

"I cannot praise the animal health care course highly enough. I have learned a great deal, far beyond my expectations." G. Kite, Animal Health Care VAG100


What's covered in this course?

There are 12 lessons in this course.

This course covers:

Lesson 1. Introduction to Animal Health Care

  • Animal welfare and control
  • Veterinary services
  • Code of practice
  • Transporting animals

Lesson 2. Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets

  • Causes of ill health, injury, pains, conditions, nutritional problems
  • Living organisms
  • Parasites
  • Family pets common conditions
  • Wild animals common conditions

Lesson 3. Animal Behaviour

  • Communication in dogs
  • Scent
  • Barking
  • Body language
  • Handling cats
  • Bird language
  • Types of behaviour
  • Time and space orientation
  • Territorial behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Horse psychology

Lesson 4. Signs of Ill Health

  • Vital signs in the healthy animal
  • Signs & symptoms of diseases
  • Recognising ill health
  • Diagnosis of diseases
  • Taking smears and tissue samples
  • Diagnosis and control of different types of diseases 

Lesson 5. Veterinary Facilities

  • First aid kits
  • Record management
  • Enclosure for animals
  • Environmental requirements

Lesson 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

Lesson 7. Administration of Animal Health

  • Animal insurance
  • Quarantine
  • Importing animals
  • Managing a veterinary office
  • Telephone usage
  • Record keeping
  • Filing information

Lesson 8. Animal First Aid

  • Types of wounds
  • Treating and cleaning wounds
  • Granulating wounds
  • Stitching a wound
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Poisoning
  • Restraining animals during first aid

Lesson 9. Preventative Health Care

  • Diet
  • Insect control
  • Avoid stressing livestock
  • Vaccination

Lesson 10. Routine Health Treatments

  • De-sexing
  • Castration 
  • Vasectomy
  • Spaying
  • Tubal ligation
  • Pregnancy and gestation periods
  • Euthanasia
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Preparing an animal for surgery
  • Sterilising equipment

Lesson 11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets

  • Burns
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Shock
  • Electrolytes
  • Ticks
  • Reptiles and fish

Lesson 12. Rehabilitation Care

  • Animal nursing
  • Planning a recovery


What you will learn!

  • the scope of services offered by animal care services.
  • common health problems in various animals.
  • the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations.
  • common signs of ill health in a variety of animals.
  • purposes of a range of facilities in a veterinary practice.
  • safety procedures for a veterinary practice.
  • a range of administrative tasks carried out in a veterinary practices.
  • first aid procedures and treatments for different animals.
  • requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals.
  • an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals.
  • broader awareness of health issues and treatments in domestic pets.
  • skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment.


This course involves reading and research, set tasks to apply and revisit your learning in varied contexts, then self-tests and the formal assignments followed by feedback from animal experts.

This course will enable you to:

  • understand the scope of services offered by animal care services, including in veterinary practices.
  • build foundation knowledge to support working on a farm, a wildlife park or a veterinary practice.
  • confidently recognised and respond to signs of ill-health. 
  • develop procedures for safely dealing with animals in clinics or other care environments.
  • explore preventative health care.
  • analyse the effectiveness of rehabilitation.

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