Animal Health Care- VAG100- Special Offer

Special Offer-
Animal Health Care- Learn the essentials of caring for animals

We have a special offer on this course- receive a 10% discount and 2 bonus ebooks (which is up to $130 in discounts).

You will receive the following ebooks written by ACS staff:


This course can be used for:

  • Establishing a foundation for a career in animal health or welfare
  • Building your ability to better care for your own animals, whether as a farmer or pet owner
  • A credit toward a certificate or diploma in animal science, agriculture or companion animal studies.

This has proven an exceptionally successful course for more than 15 years.

  • studied by hundreds of people
  • taught by leading veterinary and animal science experts
  • continually being revised in response to feedback from professionals (eg. veterinarians, wildlife officers) and students.

Course Structure
There are twelve lessons as follows:

1. Introduction to Animal Health Care

  • nature and scope of veterinary services
  • private veterinary practices
  • other veterinary services; laboratories, quarantine, agriculture departments, pharmaceutical companies, educational, etc
  • other animal services; breeders, holiday care, etc.
  • animal welfare and control
  • veterinary services
  • code of practice
  • terminology
  • transporting animals

2.  Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets

  • causes of ill health
  • injury
  • conditions
  • nutritional problems
  • living organisms
  • parasites
  • family pets common conditions
  • dogs
  • cats
  • caged birds
  • aquarium fish
  • mice
  • wild animals common conditions
  • reptiles

3.  Animal Behaviour

  • communication in dogs
  • scent
  • barking
  • body language
  • handling cats
  • bird language
  • types of behavior
  • time orientation
  • space orientation
  • territorial behavior
  • aggression
  • horse psychology

4.  Signs of Ill Health       

  • vital signs       
  • the healthy animal
  • signs & symptoms of diseases
  • recognising ill health
  • diagnosis of diseases
  • taking smears
  • taking tissue samples
  • diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • protozoa
  • parasites
  • mites
  • fleas

5.  Veterinary Facilities      

  • types of facilities; clinic, hospital, mobile facility, emergency facility,etc
  • first aid kit; aids for diagnosis, instruments, medicines, preparations, etc
  • record management
  • enclosure for animals
  • environmental requirements

6.  Safety Procedures

  • duty of care
  • lifting heavy weights
  • reducing back injury
  • protective equipment
  • dealing with chemicals
  • skin penetrating injuries
  • risk categories
  • separating animals
  •  disposal of dead/infected tissues
  • dangerous non-animal wastes
  • storage and handling of medicines
  •  handling larger animals

7.  Administration of Animal Health

  • animal insurance
  • quarantine
  • importing animals
  • managing a veterinary office
  • telephone usage
  • record keeping
  • filing information

8.  Animal First Aid

  • types of wounds
  • cuts
  • punctures
  • tears
  • treating and cleaning wounds
  • granulating wounds
  • stitching a wound
  • bone and joint problems
  • broken bones
  • tendon injury
  • poisoning
  • restraining animals during first aid
  • restraining cats
  • restraining dogs
  • restraining horses
  • restraining cattle
  • restraining sheep

9.  Preventative Health Care

  • preventing ill health
  • balanced diet
  •  insect control
  •  dip
  • vaccination
  • Comparing natural active immunity, artificial active immunity, natural passive immunity, and artificial active immunity
  • tetanus antiserum
  • types of vaccines
  • alternatives to vaccination
  • avoid stressing livestock

10. Routine Health Treatments

  • desexing
  • castration
  • vasectomy
  • spaying
  • tubal ligation
  • castration of cats
  • dogs
  • pregnancy
  • gestation periods
  • euthanasia
  • anaesthesia and analgesia
  • preparing an animal for surgery
  • sterilising equipment
  • castrating a colt

11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets

  •  burns
  • urinary tract infections;
  • shock
  • electrolytes
  • ticks
  • reptiles
  • fish problems

12. Rehabilitation Care

  • scope of rehabilitation
  • planning a recovery 
  • animal nursing
  • the hospital pen
  • monitoring temperature, pulse, respiration
  • enclosures

Who developed and teaches this course?
All academic staff are and have always been highly qualified professional animal experts with years of experience.

Course Aims

  • To be able to describe the scope of services offered by animal care services, including veterinary practices.

  • Describe common health problems in various animals, including injuries & diseases, causes of ill health, problems in family pets

  • Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations, natural behaviour of animals, problems in wild animals, behaviour in domestic animals

  • Identify common signs of ill health in different animals - vital signs, the healthy animal, signs & symptoms of disease, diagnosis & control of diseases

  • Describe the purposes of different facilities used in veterinary practice, the first aid kit and enclosures for animals

  • Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice, including workplace safety, and health & safety for veterinary practices

  • Describe different administration procedures in a veterinary practice - animal insurance, legal considerations, and managing a veterinary office

  • Describe/select first aid procedures/treatments for different animals in response to common health problems in animals - types of wounds, and treatments

  • Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals, including nutrition & preventative medicine - preventing ill health, types of vaccinations, preparing animals for vaccinations etc

  • To develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals - de-sexing, managing a pregnancy, euthanasia, analgesia etc

  • Develop a broader awareness of health problems and their treatment in domestic pets - ticks, Australian animals, birds, reptiles, fish

  • Develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment - planning a recovery and animal nursing

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