Animal Health Care Online Course (Foundation Vet Nursing) Online Course

Animal Health Care Online Course (Foundation Vet Nursing) Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This introductory course is designed to give you practical understanding of common veterinary nursing procedures.  This course is suitable for anyone looking for a ‘foot in the door’ job with a veterinary clinic and who intends to go on and do further study, or even for those interested in basic animal care.  By studying this course, you will gain valuable experience in understanding many aspects of Animal Health Care.   Careerline Courses recommends that any student interested in pursuing an animal care career engage in ongoing volunteer work to gain the necessary practical experience.

This course dovetails with many of our other animal care courses such as diagnosing animal diseases, pet care, dog care and others.

Course Aims:

  • To describe the scope of services offered by animal care services, including veterinary practices.
  • Describe common health problems in various animals, including injuries & diseases, causes of ill health problems in family pets
  • Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations – natural behaviour of animals, problems in wild animals, and behaviour in domestic animals
  • Identify common signs of ill health in different animals – vital signs, the healthy animal, signs & symptoms of disease and diagnose and control of diseases
  • Describe the purposes of different facilities used in veterinary practice, the contents of a first-aid kit, suitable enclosures for animals
  • Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice, workplace safety issues, aspects of health and safety for veterinary practices
  • Describe different administration procedures in veterinary practice, including animal insurance, legal considerations, day to day management of a veterinary office
  • Describe/select first aid procedures/treatments for different animals in response to common health problems in animals, identify types of wounds and suitable treatments
  • Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals, including nutrition & preventative medicine, preventing ill health through correct management, vaccinations
  • To develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals such as de-sexing, managing a pregnancy and euthanasia
  • To develop a broader awareness of health problems and their treatment in domestic pets, discuss ticks and tick borne diseases, Australian animals, birds, reptiles, and fish
  • To develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment, planning a recovery and animal nursing

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Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 12 lessons in this course:

Introduction to Animal Health Care

  • nature and scope of veterinary services
  • private veterinary practices
  • other veterinary services; laboratories, quarantine, agriculture departments, pharmaceutical companies, educational, etc
  • other animal services; breeders, holiday care, etc.
  • animal welfare and control
  • veterinary services
  • code of practice
  • terminology
  • transporting animals

Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets

  • causes of ill health
  • injury
  • conditions
  • nutritional problems
  • living organisms
  • parasites
  • family pets common conditions
  • dogs
  • cats
  • caged birds
  • aquarium fish
  • mice
  • wild animals common conditions
  • reptiles

Animal Behaviour

  • communication in dogs
  • scent
  • barking
  • body language
  • handling cats
  • bird language
  • types of behavior
  • time orientation
  • space orientation
  • territorial behavior
  • aggression
  • horse psychology

Signs of Ill Health

  • vital signs
  • the healthy animal
  • signs and symptoms of diseases
  • recognising ill health
  • diagnosis of diseases
  • taking smears
  • taking tissue samples
  • diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • protozoa
  • parasites
  • mites
  • fleas

Veterinary Facilities

  • types of facilities; clinic, hospital, mobile facility, emergency facility,etc
  • first aid kit; aids for diagnosis, instruments, medicines, preparations, etc
  • record management
  • enclosure for animals
  • environmental requirements

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

Administration of Animal Health

  • animal insurance
  • quarantine
  • importing animals
  • managing a veterinary office
  • telephone usage
  • record keeping
  • filing information

Animal First Aid

  • types of wounds
  • cuts
  • punctures
  • tears
  • treating and cleaning wounds
  • granulating wounds
  • stitching a wound
  • bone and joint problems
  • broken bones
  • tendon injury
  • poisoning
  • restraining animals during first aid
  • restraining cats
  • restraining dogs
  • restraining horses
  • restraining cattle
  • restraining sheep

Preventative Health Care

  • preventing ill health
  • balanced diet
  • insect control
  • dip
  • vaccination
  • Comparing natural active immunity, artificial active immunity, natural passive immunity, and artificial active immunity
  • tetnus antiserum
  • types of vaccines
  • alternatives to vaccination
  • avoid stressing livestock

Routine Health Treatments

  • desexing
  • castration
  • vasectomy
  • spaying
  • tubal ligation
  • castration of cats
  • dogs
  • pregnancy
  • gestation periods
  • euthanasia
  • anaesthesia and analgesia
  • preparing an animal for surgery
  • sterilizing equipment
  • castrating a colt

Health Problems in Domestic Pets

  • burns
  • urinary tract infections;
  • shock
  • electrolytes
  • ticks
  • reptiles
  • fish problems

Rehabilitation Care

  • scope of rehabilitation
  • planning a recovery
  • animal nursing
  • the hospital pen
  • monitoring temperature, pulse, respiration
  • enclosures

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

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

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.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.