Animal Husbandry B (Animal Health) Online Course

Animal Husbandry B (Animal Health) Online Course
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

Learn the 11 things you must know about disease classification, causes and diagnosis of disease, fever and immunity, tissue repair, inflammation, cell changes and more.

This course gives you a solid introduction to animal health with a focus on agricultural animals. Learn to examine animal health, explain various conditions and distinguish the suitable treatments and responses to a range of more common complaints or illnesses. This course is different from our other online animal health courses in that its main focus is practical skills for managing health issues in agricultural animals.

This course is suitable for anyone involved in animal husbandry. However, it is not suitable for veterinary nursing.


  • 100 hours
  • Online and self-paced
  • 12 months to complete
  • Printed Notes Available
  • Get expert tutor support from practicing Australian Vets.

Course Aims:

  • Explain common health problems affecting animals, including the circumstances under which animals contract health problems, and methods used to prevent the development of ill health.
  • Analyse physical indicator symptoms of ill health in animals.
  • Determine the taxonomic class of animal pests and diseases.
  • Explain the diagnostic characteristics of the main types of animal pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Explain the methods used in the treatment of pests and diseases in farm animals.
  • Explain the role of inflammation, including its symptoms and causes, in animals.
  • Explain the biological processes which affect and control the immune system in animals.
  • Explain the biological processes which affect and control tissue repair in animals.
  • Determine procedures for the management of wounds to animals, on a farm.
  • Explain the processes involved in cellular change in animals.
  • Diagnose simple health problems in farm animals.

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 10 Lessons in this course:

Introduction to Animal Health

  • Learn to describe common diseases affecting farm animals and the circumstances under which animals contract these diseases
  • The healthy animal
  • Causes of ill health
  • Preventing ill health

Signs & Symptoms of Diseases

  • The physical symptoms of diseases in farm animals
  • Common methods of handling animals during health assessments
  • Recognising ill health
  • Restraining a horse
  • Sheep handling facilities

Disease Classification

  • Methods used in classifying animal diseases
  • Viral diseases
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Protozoal diseases
  • Disease types in beef cattle
  • Diseases in sheep

Causes and Diagnosis of Disease

  • The causes of disease and the relevant methods of diagnosis
  • Examining cattle
  • Examining a horse
  • Tick-borne diseases
  • Diagnosis of diseases

Treatment of Disease

  • Methods used in the treatment of diseases in farm animals
  • Vaccination
  • The animal first aid kit
  • Tetanus antiserum
  • Animal nursing
  • Quarantine
  • Slaughter
  • Post mortem
  • Disease prevention in cattle
  • Disease prevention in sheep
  • Treatment of parasites in sheep


  • Outline the nature and causes of inflammation in farm animals
  • The inflammatory response
  • Causes of inflammation
  • Types of inflammation
  • Symptoms of inflammation
  • Inflammatory exudate
  • Treatment of inflammation

Fever and Immunity

  • The biological mechanisms underlying fever and the immune system in farm animals
  • The fever mechanism
  • Other temperature related disorders
  • Effect of temperature on enzymes
  • Immunity

Tissue Repair

  • The biological mechanisms underlying tissue repair in farm animals
  • Healing of a clean incised wound
  • Healing of an open wound
  • Common horse ailments to recognise


  • The biological mechanisms of wounds in farm animals and address different treatment methods for repair of common ailments
  • Types of wounds
  • First aid treatments
  • Bandaging horses
  • Emergencies

Cell changes

  • The causes and biological mechanisms of cell change in farm animals
  • Neoplasms
  • Tumours and cancers
  • The cause of an infectious disease, death, cancers etc.

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.