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Certificate in Animal Care


Explore a career caring for something you love

Take this Certificate in Animal Care and learn about categories of animals, what constitutes a companion animal, and which occupations deal with animal care. You will gain an understanding of the five freedoms of animal welfare and discover and compare common structures of various mammalian bodies. Mainly focusing on feline and canine care, this animal care training includes husbandry, veterinary procedures, an overview of diseases and the socialisation and training of domestic animals. Enrol in the Certificate of Animal Care online to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

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Course Duration

6 Months Access
| ~140 Study Hours
Study at your own pace – students generally complete one module per-week. See our free course guide for detailed duration information.

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Be awarded with a certificate of achievement on completion of this course.

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Start from just 599.00
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I’ve gone from working in a pathology office to now hanging out with some super cute dogs!’ Janet’s journey is far from over, and she has big plans to take her career even further. Ultimately, she hopes to help expand her friend’s business to include mobile grooming, a must-have for many clients in today’s busy world.


  • Relate the five tenets of animal welfare to real-world scenarios
  • Investigate animal control laws & describe responses to emergencies
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of animal care as a foundation for further learning
  • Use this animal behaviour training as a stepping stone toward more specialised pathways
  • Understand how to be a responsible pet or companion animal owner
  • Learn online at your own pace
  • Discover professions concerned with animal care


The Certificate in Animal Care comprises the following 10 courses;

    1. Introduction to Animal Care
    2. Anatomy and Physiology
    3. Husbandry of Dogs
    4. Husbandry of Other Species
    5. Common Diseases of Dogs
    6. Common Diseases of Other Species
    7. First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
    8. Handling and Safety
    9. Veterinary Health Care and Procedures
    10. Training and Behaviour

We donate a portion of all course proceeds to the ISPCA

  • The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity, and represents a number of affiliated member societies.  Together the ISPCA and our members help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species.
  • The Career Academy donates a portion of all course proceeds to the ISPCA, with the funds going toward their rehabilitation and adoption programs.





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Pay a total of 599.00 around your schedule with our flexible, interest-free payment plan, that also includes a 7 day money back guarantee.

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There are no entry requirements or prerequisites to enrol on this course. You can enrol online directly by clicking on “Enrol Now” and following the prompts.  

Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors – call 01 437 8559 or email

This course costs €499.00 or only €25 per week on a no-deposit, interest-free payment plan. Click here to get started now. 

This course takes approximately 140 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon completing this course, you could obtain work as a Canine Care Assistant or work in a Pet Shop.

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to learn about potential career outcomes and where our courses could take you. You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

Your course is delivered through our online learning platform, which you can access from any web browser 24/7 to work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the necessary resources at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates; you can start whenever you are ready, and your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 14-day cooling-off period (trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to review all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money-back guarantee*.

To become a Vet Nurse, you must study for at least 2-3 years at a Diploma or Degree level. This Certificate in Animal Care is an excellent introduction for those considering further study in this field.

* Excluding €25 administration fee