Forge Yourself Opportunities Working With Animals
A knowledge of animal health and wellbeing is vital in industries where animals are bred and grown. There are also many fringe industries where animals may be used but are not the main part of the business.
The study of animal health is also of great value to individuals who would like to set up businesses which involve animals in some way.
This Advanced Certificate in Animal Health will provide a range of skills and knowledge to meet the needs of a diverse range of people working in and around animal management.
Gain the skills for success in animal health
The agriculture industry is diverse and highly varied, therefore the opportunities for you in this industry are limitless.
The course tutors available to you, are skilled professionals who are fully qualified in the various subject areas. The combination of their qualifications and many years of actual practical experience, will benefit you greatly as you work through the course.
Through practical tasks, research, observation and networking; when studying with ACS, you are guided to develop not only knowledge of agricultural science, but also "understanding", "awareness" and the right "attitude" that is needed to build either a sustainable career or business.
How to work towards your strengths
This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you the basic animal husbandry skills, but offers a solid foundation of the necessary agricultural science and industry background.
It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with a variety of industry professionals, while exploring the nature and scope of this field.
- You can direct your studies to your current area of expertise, or choose a new direction for yourself. You can also make your studies as focused or as broad as you need it to be.
Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Animal Health is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Working with Animals
The veterinary industry alone involves vet assistants, receptionists, veterinary supply companies, hospital staff, rescue and animal shelter staff and more.
Animal care industries fall into three broad categories: Farm Animals, Pets and Wildlife
These areas sometimes overlap, and all require similar skills and knowledge. The opportunities you will find can change over time, and may be different in some countries to others.
In wealthy countries where there is a lot of disposable income, there can also be a lot of money spent on pets; for example the cost of caring for a dog over the course of its life in Australia can be more than half the annual income of an individual.
In some African countries, wildlife tourism may be a significant contributor to the country’s economy, and this will provide a significant motivation for jobs to be created in wildlife conservation.
Some countries that have economies dependent heavily on agriculture, will offer more work with farm animals than with pets or wildlife.
This course provides a wonderful foundation for any career pathway you might evolve into.
Learn to Better Manage the Health, Welfare and Productivity of Farm Animals
Healthy, happy animals are going to be the most productive and profitable; hence caring for the animal's well being is the cornerstone of farm animal husbandry.
When an animal’s health is at risk then it is important for the owner or carer to seek veterinary assistance, if not then this can become a welfare concern. Again, if the welfare of the animal is under consideration, then this may have effects on the overall health of the animal.
To ensure the health and welfare needs of an animal are met to a satisfactory standard then it is important to think about the following factors;
The animal(s) should be fed an appropriate diet, and fresh drinking water should be available.
Clean, adequate housing and shelter for protection.
Right to exercise, or move freely within an enclosure and exhibit natural behaviour.
Live free from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
An appropriate diet should be fed to keep the animal in optimum health as many health issues can arise from feeding the wrong or inappropriate diet. An example of this is Guinea Pigs as they, like humans, cannot synthesize vitamin C within their bodies and require this within their diet. If fed a similar food, such as rabbit mix, then this does not contain enough added vitamin C resulting in Scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency. Likewise, cats should not be fed dog food as it does not contain a high enough protein level and cats require an essential amino acid known as taurine.
A safe clean environment should be provided for any animal with adequate shelter to protect them from the weather extremities which can cause health issues. Extreme heat may lead to sunburn and heatstroke, extreme cold may lead to hypothermia. The environment should be safe with no areas which may cause injury or entrapment. They should also be kept safe from predatory species and be protected from any dangers, such as roads or rivers.
Any animal should be free to express natural behaviours and exercise accordingly, this will allow the animal to keep fit and reduce any stress levels. Mental stimulation is also important to stop boredom, resulting in a healthy, happy animal.
If an animal is in pain and is suffering then it should be seen by a veterinary surgeon. If left to continue on with an existing injury then this would lead to distress, and may also lead to secondary infections. If an animal is suspected to have an infection or disease then it is vital that the animal gets diagnosed and treated by a vet to prevent further suffering.
Prevention is always best
Sometimes prevention is more important than the treatment, and it is vital that we investigate the ways in which we can help prevent illness, injury and disease in animals. It is important that we not only look after the general health and wellbeing of the animal, but also the environment around them.
There are many points for consideration in the way we help prevent disease and injury. These include:
Inspect pets regularly for signs of ill health
Follow preventative measure advised from vets
Feed a balanced nutritious diet
Change water regularly and keep free from contamination
Provide suitable exercise for animals
Provide stimulation, both physical and mental
Provide good ventilation for sleeping areas
Ensure animals are not exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations
Ensure there is adequate shelter and protection if housed outside
Check environment for potential threats such as toxic plants, sharps, broken areas and anything on which they might potentially injure themselves
Ensure animals used for production are not overworked or stressed
Where can this course lead you?
If your studies have developed a proper foundation; you will enter the workforce with a network of contacts, an awareness of opportunities, and you will continue learning afterwards, through experience.
An extensive course like this is sets you on the path to develop your career faster, easier and more appropriate; provided you approach your career with realistic expectations.
For ongoing success, you need to become "connected". This networking within the industry will provide the basis to remain "connected", so that you can evolve and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.