ANCI1013 – Certificate in Animal Care

Gain the Foundation skills and knowledge to provide the best care for Companion Animals

Whether you’re currently working with animals, looking to work with animals in the future, or simply love animals and want to provide them with the best care possible; this is the course for you. Our certificate in animal care is a great way to work toward your goals and improve your skills in caring for companion animals.


You will start off by studying the science behind how the body works; and then receive a broad understanding of the theory behind many the aspects of pet care, including diet, environment, hygiene, training, safe handling and recognising common health issues.


The course covers a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.


Rated 4.57 out of 5 based on 56 customer ratings
(56 customer reviews)
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56 reviews for ANCI1013 – Certificate in Animal Care

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fernando Do Nascimento Barbosa JR

    I didn’t have to take English proficiency tests and I got a recognized qualification in the country on which I’m going, and in a closely related occupation to my main occupation (economist), without even having stepped on New Zealander soil. It’s fabulous considering that as a certified bookkeeper I’ll be more likely to have a good initial insertion in the kiwi job market. Thanks for that!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Del Rosario Avila

    The Bookkeeping Course i took surpassed my expectations. The subjects are relevant and easy to understand. Plus the guidance you get from their expert Tutors wgich helps a lot in passing the Assessments. I would highly recommend Career Academy not only for those who wants to shift into a new career path, as well as to those who wants to upgrade and update their skills. More power to Career Academy.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Teresa Beaven

    Being able to study in my own time and pace.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Roskam

    I wish I had started early and that is the hardest with online learning. But the upside of online learning means you can start and stop at any time and can fit in around working full time and life and that super convenient. Not really, the only think I would change for myself would be starting as soon as I had signed up. But initially was overwhelmed by what I had untaken that it paralyzed me from starting altogether

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Palkin Sharma

    Tutors in Career Academy are awesome. They are so helpful and very quick in answering the queries. Course material is very good and easily understandable. Overall my experience was fantastic with Career Academy. I would definitely recommend Career Academy to everyone.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Doyle

    Easy to follow course material.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danny Bruce

    The best part of studying on line was that I could work through the course at my own pace anywhere I wanted – One assignment that I had to redo, I found it a bit difficult to fix and resubmit. I think the instructions need to be a bit clearer on how to make the changes and resend.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon Even Brooks

    I found the course 5, easy to follow, the tutors were very helpful. I would recommended study though the career Academy to everyone.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tara Solly

    This course was absolutely amazing! fun and easy to follow tasks. Tasks were well explained and made my studying life easy. Great course for animal lovers!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Mckay

    Some of the videos would not work for me. The tutor suggested using chrome so I did and they still didn't work, I tried different computers but still no luck so i just moved on without them. I enjoyed the course and probarbly would have done another one but without the credits it does not seem worth while.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Mckay

    As I am looking into doing a vet nursing degree next year and wanted to do a certificate in animal health with out spending too much money in case I found out during the degree that this isnt what I actually want to be doing. There isnt many other places that offer a course like this one and I am glad I went through careers academy for it, this gave me great insight on what is expected in vet nursing and I really enjoyed it, learned so much from this course as well. Nothing, everything was set out easily enough to understand and all the tutors were so nice and helpful.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sharee Reston

    I chose to study with career academy to improve my employment prospects

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Geitenbeek

    Speaking with the representative at the Mall seemed really helpful Ease of navigating through the website. i.e. not having to scroll back down to the topic you are currently completing every time.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Geitenbeek

    Flexibility to be able study when I am up to it, and the payment options (not the mention the price) of the course were ideal to my circumstances I would like to see more of the physical (anatomical) structure of the most common animals (Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Horses) included in this course I would just like to say a big thank you to Sam Healey and Kate Fasher for their ongoing support, their quick response to the multitude of questions I sent their way, and their constructive feedback throughout both of the courses that I have completed so far

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Adonia Wilson

    I chose to do this course to learn more about first aid for my pets. I feel I already knew much of the content when it came to dogs. I found the wording from a couple of the questions to be confusing, could have meant a couple of different things.

  16. Rated 3 out of 5

    Adonia Wilson

    You stood out more from other websites and academies. More info regarding psychology or more info in the PDF version regarding the questions we had to answer as I had to google quite a lot of answers. The tutors were great help and very much appreciated.

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andrew Gordon

    Fast response to assignment submission and awesome feedback.
    The course material is top quality.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy Ieeuwen

    Spotted an ad in the community paper from a book-keeping company saying that one of their staff had just completed the certificate in book-keeping via Career Academy so I looked you up on line. It was good and quite a nice way to study with only the one deadline being the end of the 6 months instead of numerous ones throughout the course. Stress free If new to on line learning it would be nice to have more information on how to go about resubmitting assignments so as not to resubmit the same one

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Hayden Hooper

    I chose to study with Career Academy because the cost of the course as well as it being a Nationally recognised Course .

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hayden Hooper

    I think The Career Academy personally stood out for me when I was online and searching for a course in animal care , and to honest it was the only one out of three that actually got back to me to provided detail to how I can get started with online learning. I think my biggest thought would be towards the quizzes , if after the allowed attempts if still not able to get correct answer , it be helpful to have the answer shown for learning purposes and knowledge intake . Other than that I started to find them fun , which is different for me as I normally freak out and get scared doing quizzes and assignments. I found that for myself this course was prefect , I needed a starting point and a chance to take a step in the right direction . Due to work related injuries I have had to look into different job and career choices. I have found that not only that this course has given the insight of the area I wish to be in the future , I have found that this has also taught me in how to apply knowledge that I know or have learnt throughout the course on to paper and in writing , which was a major step for me and to what Im use too . The course notes provided information in which I either didnt know or never had the full details and understanding of in that area . As I worked through this course It got me thinking more in depth about what I need to know and learn to take my next step . I would like to say thanks too the tutors and the feed back on the assignments as I found that they will add information that I found really helpful to further my knowledge , I also found that a lot of questions that I had to ask actually got answered in the feed back and extra input . Over all this course has boosted my confidents and got me wanting to learn more .

  21. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jade Ribison

    I chose to study with the career academy because it wasn’t expensive

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mulhall

    A friend suggested the career academy, the course covered everything.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mulhall

    the course covered everything – A friend suggested it

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crystal Brooke Larsen

    its really easy to understand and i cant wait to complete it and get a certificate.

  25. Rated 3 out of 5

    Ashley Seaton

    I chose this course for the price and flexibility – A lot of this course was based on research you had to complete yourself. It would be really good if the reading material gave you the information needed to complete the questions. You will always need to do your own research but i think more info is needed in the reading material.

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stacey Wamsteker

    I haven’t got far enough along the course yet to fully see how it is but I am enjoying it and the information is easy to follow.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carein Chan

    Being correspondence it was great to do my study when it fitted in with my lifestyle and commitments. Tutor and all involved at career academy were amazing – getting help and extension's when needed. Really appreciated your team – thank you

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Briana Eaves

    The course tutors comments on the assessments are helpful. The course notes have lots of useful information.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinna Keogan

    I’ve only really started it (working on 4th assignment) but with what I’ve gone through looking at what’s coming up it looks really exciting and glad to know I will be learning about procedures etc.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jane Christensen

    Availability online at anytime. The tutor was very prompt at marking and feedback.

  31. Rated 3 out of 5

    lecia Philcox


  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maya Tooley-Taiuru

    I found this course really good it made me really think and get into depth with my understanding of it all and I have learned a lot. The tutors help you especially if you ask for help or clarification when you need it. So overall it was great I learnt a lot and am glad i challenged myself and completed the course.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Bragg

    Fantastic so far almost half way through this course and the tutors have been nothing but helpful so thank you!

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Aimee Gray

    I chose the Career Academy because they have the course I wanted to do which was animal health care.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Scott

    I chose to study with The Career Academy as the course outline seemed to fit with what i wanted, to gain more knowledge and they had a great time frame on the course that worked well for me being at home with a baby.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinna Keogan

    I think the course is awesome and tutor is amazing. I love how easy the website is to use and being able to pay the course off week to week especially with being a solo mum. And with working 10.5 hours a week it’s hard to afford a payout fr a course too, so glad I came across career academy.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinna Keogan

    I think the course is awesome and tutor is amazing. I love how easy the website is to use and being able to pay the course off week to week especially with being a solo mum. And with working 10.5 hours a week it’s hard to afford a payout for a course too, so glad I came across career academy.

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Neale

    Great content. good value.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandy Bebawy

    I think it is full of information, well organised and presents the information really well!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Edmonds

    I really enjoy having my course tutors just an email away. What I like about them is they reply quickly and are really easy to understand. They are helpful and very kind, I would not recommend anyone else who could be better than my tutors.

  41. Rated 4 out of 5

    Suzzanne Carroll

    The tutors are really helpful and they explain it well so I do understand

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shylah Harwood

    Im really enjoying it.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy Ieeuwen

    I want a career in the vet industry and thought that this would be a good start! I would increase the number of questions on each of the quizzes

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Scott

    I am loving this course, the tutor is great! She is very helpful in giving detailed feedback.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aine D

    The course has excellent information and I am learning lots already. I find it really good how you can work though the course in your own time and the tutors are really helpful. Its a very interesting course and I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals and is thinking of working in the animal care industry.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacinta Marfell

    I chose to study with the Career Academy because of their payment plan options. Being able to do it in your own time made it so much easier to do.

  47. Rated 4 out of 5

    Janie Verwey

    My tutor is very friendly and helpful. The course material is comprehensive and adequate for me to complete my test and some of my assignment contents. It’s really handy to have a tutor that I can rely on for support and that has the necessary knowledge and experience to make my studies easier.

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Alice Delany

    I like the course, it’s all pretty manageable and easy to go through on my own. I haven’t needed to use the tutors.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Bennett

    Good course, the content is not too easy or too difficult. It’s a nice balance. The tutors are helpful.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Niki Hotter

    It’s going great, I’m really enjoying it! I’ll need an extension most likely just because of work and all that but the course is easy to do.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dipika Sharma

    Enjoying the course.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacinta Marfell

    Really loving the course. Tutors really helpful.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Edmonds

    Enjoying course.

  54. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kim Bryce

    Enjoying course. Some communication issues but all resolved now.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerriane Brown

    Course is going very well. Tutors are very helpful .

  56. Rated 3 out of 5

    Melanie Chambers

    The support was always on hand if I got overwhelmed or did not understand any questions. Move relative resources to be included with assessment questions.

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Key benefits

  • Gain a greater understanding of animal care and managing a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.
  • Identify common signs of ill health
  • Develop a broader awareness of health issues in domestic pets
  • Examine the basic biology and structure of animals
  • Learn basic fundamental theories behind training and handling companion animals.

This course covers the following modules

  • Introduction to Animal Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Husbandry of Dogs
  • Husbandry of Other Species
  • Common Diseases of Dogs
  • Common Diseases of Other Species
  • First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
  • Handling and Safety
  • Veterinary Health Care and Procedures
  • Training and Behaviour

Accredited by ICOES

Animal Care Online Course AccreditedICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.

Course summary

Investment: €499 or only €25 a week on our interest FREE payment plan!


Assessments: 10 modules / 10 assignments. Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.


Duration: 100 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete.


Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone.


Kaitlyn Champion – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

After getting her degree in Zoology and Animal Science Kaitlyn spent time in South Africa studying Cheetahs, as well as time in Zanzibar studying the impact that tourism has on Bottlenose and Humpback dolphins. Now she’s taking what she learnt there and is passionate about passing it on to all her enthusiastic Animal and Pet Care students at The Career Academy. Fortunately, online learning means that none of our students have to get too up close and personal with a hungry cheetah.
In her free time, Kaitlyn spends her time trying to wrangle her Great Dane puppy, and is also in the Australian Army Reserves – but she doesn’t know which is a tougher job.

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