Marsupials (Biology and Management) Online Course

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Full Fee $545.00 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

Study Marsupials and understand more about this fascinating classification.

To understand the diversity, biology, behaviour, and wellbeing of marsupial animals and apply that understanding to better managing individual animals or populations of animals, in the wild or in captivity.

It is ideal for people working with animals, those in a wildlife management position or anyone who is hoping to work with animals.

Why study this Marsupials course?

If you are passionate about the conservation of native wildlife, you will benefit from studying Careerline’s online Marsupials (Biology and Management) course.

Whether you hope to upskill or get a head start on future studies, this course will positively impact your future. You will be able to apply the skills you acquire during your studies to your professional life. This will open new doors and help you advance in your career. If you volunteer in an animal care role, this course will equip you with the skills required to manage the marsupials in your care more effectively.

What will you learn?

In this online Marsupials course, you will study the anatomy, physiology, behaviour, and origins of common marsupial species. You will learn the biological characteristics that determine whether an animal is a marsupial. Students of this course learn how to manage the health of marsupials and prevent common diseases.

In addition, you will study different classes of marsupials, including Diprotodontia, Peramelemorphia, marsupial carnivores, and more. Finally, you will develop an understanding
of marsupial conservation, as well as the management and care needs of marsupials.

Who is this online Marsupials course for?

The Marsupials (Biology and Management) course is designed for professionals working with animals in a wildlife management, veterinary, or welfare role. In addition, volunteer wildlife rehabilitators will be able to utilise the skills taught in this course to become more competent and knowledgeable wildlife carers. This course will provide you with the specialised knowledge you will need to advance in your career, as well as open new professional pathways.

This Marsupials course is also suitable for anyone with a desire to learn more about the biology, behaviour, and management of marsupials. If you hope to undertake further study in animal care, biology, zoology, veterinary science, or another animal related field, this course is an ideal place to start. You will be introduced to concepts taught in university and vocational courses, so you will feel prepared and confident as you continue your studies.

Course Aims
  • Explain the likely origin of marsupials.
  • Explain classification of marsupials.
  • Identify common external anatomical features in marsupials.
  • Explain common and diverging characteristics in the internal biology of marsupials.
  • Discuss and compare behavioural characteristics in a number of different marsupials.
  • Describe health issues that affect marsupials.
  • Identify and describe the biology, behaviour and care of marsupial carnivores.


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
  • Evolution
  • Taxonomy
  • External Morphology

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Neural Systems and Intelligence
  • Vision
  • Dentition
  • Digestion
  • Skeleton
  • Reproduction
  • Embryonic Development
  • Lactation and Litter Size
  • Basal Metabolism
  • Longevity and Life Span


  • Social Behaviours
  • Territoriality and Home Range
  • Thermoregulation, Torpor, and Hibernation
  • Mating Systems
  • Care of Young
  • Communication
  • Feeding and Diet
  • Den Sites and Nests
  • Predation and Predators

Health & Disease

  • Pathogens and Parasites
  • Viruses
  • Cancer
  • Chlamydia
  • Sarcoptic Mange
  • Coccidiosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Tubercolosis
  • Nematodes
  • White Muscle Disease
  • Lumpy Jaw
  • Marsupials Disease Vectors
  • Non infectious Health Issues
  • Marsupial Health Care

Marsupial Carnivores

  • Dasyuridae
  • Tasmanian devil
  • Quolls
  • Antechinuses
  • Numbats, Myrmecobiidae
  • Thylacine

The Diprotodontia - Kangaroos

  • Kangaroos
  • Wallabies
  • Hare-wallabies
  • Pademelons
  • Quokkas
  • Other Important Genera

Other Diprotodontia

  • Koala
  • Wombats
  • Possums and Cuscus
  • Gliders
  • Diet
  • Reproduction


  • Family Permalide
  • Bandicoots
  • Echypimeras
  • Genus Isoodon
  • Subfamily Peramelinae
  • Genus Perameles
  • Subfamily Echymiperinae
  • Genus Echymipera
  • Genus Microperoryctes
  • Genus Rhynchomeles
  • Family Thylacomyidae
  • Bilbies
  • Family Chaeropodidae
  • The Pig-footed Bandicoot

Other Marsupials

  • Family Notoryctidae
  • Family Didelphoidea
  • Water Opossum, Chironectes minimus
  • Order Microbiotheria
  • Monito del monte
  • Family Caenolestidae
  • Caenolestes
  • Lestoros
  • Rhyncholestes

Marsupial Conservation and Management

  • Political Influence
  • Global Heating
  • Habitat Protection and Modification
  • Exotic Species and Their Control
  • Disease Management
  • Monitoring
  • Fire Management
  • Artificial Habitats
  • Conservation Breeding Programs
  • Geographical Isolation – Fences and Islands
  • Genetic impoverishment

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.