Calf Rearing Online Course

Full Fee $595.00incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Learn to manage calves and calving successfully in this calf rearing online course

  • Study the rearing and selection of calves.
  • Improve your ability to rear calves.
  • Improve your job prospects with improved knowledge.
  • Study in your own time at your own pace.

This calf rearing online course will develop your skills in managing the rearing of calves for different agricultural purposes.  You will learn all aspects of calf rearing including calf selection, birth, calf diseases, rearing systems, calf housing, weaning and post-weaning as well as learning to select calves for specific purposes (e.g. dairy, beef, breeding) and rear them to that end, identifying and dealing with health and other problems that may occur along the way.

Why study calf rearing online?

  • 100 hours study
  • Online, self-paced
  • Flexible payment plans (interest free)
  • Great student support
  • Understanding and enthusiastic tutors

You will learn:

  • Select calves for specified purposes, including dairy stock, and breeding stock.
  • Explain the methods of managing calving operations on a farm.
  • Explain the diagnosis of common health problems which may occur in calves.
  • Explain different techniques of calf rearing.
  • Explain the housing requirements of calves in an animal production situation.
  • Explain the procedures for weaning calves in an commercial situation.
  • Explain the post-weaning requirements of calves, in a commercial situation.


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 7 Lessons in this course:

Calving and Culling

  • Introduction
  • Research into raising dairy calves
  • Principles of good calf rearing
  • Pre-calving management
  • Managing the cow for a healthy calf
  • Colostrum management
  • Calf selection
  • Estimated Breeding Value (EBV)
  • Culling
  • Assessing calves for suitability in a rearing system

Calving Management

  • The birth of a calf
  • Signs that the birth is close
  • Stages in a normal birth
  • Calving problems
  • Important points
  • Abnormal presentations
  • The calf at birth
  • Colostrum
  • Stress and pathogen exposure
  • Managing stress
  • Managing pathogen exposure
  • The calf digestive tract
  • Rumen development
  • Bacteria
  • Liquid in the rumen
  • Outflows of rumen materials
  • Absorptive qualities
  • Substrate (Dry feed Intake)

Calf Health Management

  • Overview
  • Common calf diseases
  • Scours
  • Coccidiosis
  • Round Worm Scours
  • Lung worm
  • Calf diphtheria
  • Pneumonia
  • Clostridial Disease
  • salmonella
  • Navel and joint ill
  • Stress and the young calf
  • Transport stress
  • Feeding stress
  • Heat and cold

Calf Rearing Systems

  • Birth to weaning
  • Natural Systems of Calf Rearing
  • Single suckling
  • Multiple suckling
  • Foster suckling
  • Race suckling
  • Early weaning
  • Artificial systems of calf rearing
  • Teaching the calf to drink
  • A basic Feeding program
  • Milk Substitute
  • Common calf rearing systems
  • Rearing calves at grass
  • Five and a half day system
  • Once a day system
  • Cold milk system
  • Acidified milk replacer
  • Mildly acidic milk replacer
  • Strongly acidic milk replacer
  • Milk-fed veal production

Calf Housing

  • Ventilation
  • Isolation
  • Comfort
  • Economy
  • Calf Pens
  • Metal crates
  • The calf hutch


  • Stress at weaning
  • General weaning transition strategies
  • Providing water
  • Weaning at twelve and eight weeks
  • Weaning at five weeks
  • Weaning at four weeks


  • Post weaning period
  • Calf husbandry practices
  • Reducing surgical stress
  • Cattle identification
  • Castration
  • Bloodless castration
  • Surgical Castration
  • Dehorning
  • When to dehorn
  • Dehorning instruments and equipment
  • Tetanus
  • Vaccination and Worming

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.