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Certificate in Animal Health Care


Gain foundation knowledge to work with animals

Our animal health care courses introduce you to several facets of the animal health sector, including horse psychology, holiday care and some terminology and practices used by Veterinarians. Discover common ailments experienced by domestic animals and grasp signs and behaviours that may require treatment. Realise the safety concerns present when treating particular animals, including identifying how to lift heavy animals and correctly store and handle medicines. Enrol in our animal health care courses to extend your knowledge of the animal health industry and pinpoint opportunities that could align with your career goals.

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6 Months Access | ~80 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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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.


  • Learn proper terms used in the animal health care sector
  • Build a career that allows you to work with animals every day
  • Learn the correct methods for transporting particular animals
  • Grow your knowledge of horse psychology
  • Discover ways dogs communicate with each other
  • Find out what is involved in managing a veterinarian’s office
  • Look into ways ill health may be prevented in animals


  • 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
  • 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
  • Communication In Dogs
  • Scent
  • Barking
  • Body Language
  • Handling Cats
  • Bird Language
  • Types Of Behaviour
  • Time Orientation
  • Space Orientation
  • Territorial Behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Horse Psychology
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Animal Insurance
  • Quarantine
  • Importing Animals
  • Managing A Veterinary Office
  • Telephone Usage
  • Record Keeping
  • Filing Information
  • 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
  • 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
  • De-Sexing
  • 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
  • Burns
  • Urinary Tract Infections;
  • Shock
  • Electrolytes
  • Ticks
  • Reptiles
  • Fish Problems
  • Scope Of Rehabilitation
  • Planning A Recovery
  • Animal Nursing
  • The Hospital Pen
  • Monitoring Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
  • Enclosures

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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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 80 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 work towards a career in animal health care.

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 Health Care is an excellent introduction for those considering further study in this field.

Absolutely! If you have prior experience or qualifications that cross over to some of the modules in this course, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This allows you to be recognised and credited to certain modules, meaning you can reduce the number of modules you need to study, whilst still getting the full qualification. Click here to find out more about RPL