Carnivore Zoology Course Online

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

Welcome to BIG CATS!

Actually carnivore zoology course is about a lot more than just big cats, you’ll also learn the zoology of Bears, Canines (Dog family), Marine Carnivores as well as Mustelids (What is a mustelid?).  You will also delve into the psychology of carnivores (remember they are the predators, not the prey so they think very differently), their evolution, taxonomy and biology.

Who is the Carnivore Zoology course for?

  • Zookeepers who want to specialise
  • Anyone with an interest in carnivores
  • Animal trainers
  • Animal lovers
  • Biologists
  • Dog & Cat carers and trainers

What will you do in this course?

  • discuss the characteristics, classification and significance of carnivorous animals to man, ecosystems and environments.
  • describe anatomical and physiological features of carnivores, which differentiate carnivores from other types of mammals.
  • explain carnivore behaviour.
  • differentiate different types of animals belonging to the taxonomic family called Canidae.
  • differentiate different types of animals belonging to the taxonomic family called Felidae.
  • differentiate different types of animals belonging to the taxonomic family called Ursidae.
  • differentiate different types of canine animals that are aquatic.
  • differentiate different types of animals belonging to the taxonomic family called Mustelidae and Mephitidae.
  • differentiate different types of animals belonging to the taxonomic families not yet dealt with
  • and more including practical tasks and observations!

What is a Mustelid?

Mustelids are a family of fur-bearing carnivores.  The Mustelid family is the largest in the order Carnivora.  Mustelids are not found in Antarctica, Australia and Oceania Islands.  Included in this family are animals such as Otters, Badgers, Weasels, Stoats, Polecats Minks, Martens and Wolverines.


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:

Taxonomy and Evolution

  • Introduction
  • Distinguishing Characteristics of Carnivores
  • Taxonomy
  • Modern Science Has Changed Taxonomy
  • Classification of Carnivores
  • Evolution of Carnivores

Carnivore Biology

  • Musculo-Skeletal System
  • Types of Joints
  • Types of Muscles
  • Digestive System
  • Excretory System (Skin, Kidneys, Liver)
  • Endocrine System
  • Nervous System
  • Reproductive System
  • Respiratory System
  • Anatomy Adaptations for Function

Carnivore Behaviour

  • Kinds of Behaviour
  • Learned Behaviour
  • Physiology and Behaviour


  • Genera


  • Anatomy
  • The Big Cats (Pantherinae)
  • Felines (Felinae)


  • Anatomy
  • Dentition
  • Lifespan
  • Hibernation
  • Mating and Reproduction
  • Living Spaces

Aquatic Carnivores

  • Family Otariidae (Fur Seals and Sea Lions)
  • Family Odobenidae (Walrus)
  • Family Phocidae (True Seals)
  • Conservation Case Studies of Iconic Carnivores – Walrus


  • Family Mustelidae (Weasels, Badgers, Otters)
  • Family Mephitidae (Skunks)

Other Carnivores

  • Family Procyonidae (Raccoons and Allais)
  • Family Alirudae (Ailurus)
  • Family Viverridae (Civets, Genets, Linsangs)
  • Family Herpestidae (Mongooses)
  • Family Hyaenidae (Hyenas and Aardwolf)
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project

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.



Study bears in this carnivore course.

Otters are carnivores too!

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.