Animal Welfare Course Online

Animal Welfare Officer 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

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 9 Lessons in this course:

Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare

  • History
  • Nature of animal welfare
  • Scope of animal welfare
  • Widely accepted animal ethics theories
  • Animal rights
  • Animal welfare
  • Animal welfare today

Psychology and Sentience

  • The science and philosophy of psychology and sentience
  • Sentience
  • Sapience
  • Anthropomorphism and Transference
  • Compassionate conservation
  • Sense and Perception
  • Cognition
  • Animal emotion
  • Animal psychopathology
  • Behavioural disorders
  • How an understanding of sentience can influence animal welfare

Managing Animal Welfare

  • Managing Animal welfare

Animal Protection Services

  • Understanding and inspecting health issues
  • Inspecting the health of animals
  • Signs of ill health
  • Differential diagnosis

Animal Rescue Services

  • Health and welfare
  • Animal First Aid
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Poisoning
  • Restraining animals during First Aid
  • First Aid for wildlife

Animal Health Services

  • Animal health services
  • Routine health treatments
  • Complementary animal health services
  • Employment

Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport

  • Welfare for companion animals
  • Welfare for work animals
  • Welfare for animals in sport

Animal Welfare for Farm Animals

  • Welfare for farm animals
  • Factory farming
  • Organic farming
  • Other aspects of animal welfare
  • Welfare issues for farm animals bred for alternative products

Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

  • Welfare for captive wild animals
  • Welfare for free wild animals
  • Protection of Wildlife
  • Legislation
  • Codes of practice
  • Animal behaviour
  • Environmental law enforcement: case studies

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.