The Certificate in Animal Husbandry by ACS Distance Education, UK is an entry level course suitable for students who wish to gain knowledge related to companion animals and livestock.
The qualification consists of 600 hours of study divided into core and elective modules of study.
Core studies include the study of animal anatomy and physiology, animal health care, and animal feed and nutrition. Elective units are chosen to direct studies toward the students area of interest.
Elective units may include Horse Care I, II and III; Animal Breeding; Dairy Cattle; Beef Cattle; Pigs; Calf Rearing; Sheep; Recognising Animal Diseases; and Natural Animal Health Care. See the more complete list following.
These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Animal Husbandry.
- Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
- Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
- Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201.
In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 19 modules.
Animal Health Care VAG100, Dog Care BAG108, Horse Care I BAG102, Pet Care AAG100, Animal Behaviour BAG203, Animal Diseases BAG219, Aquaculture BAG211, Beef Cattle BAG206, Calf Rearing BAG207, Dairy Cattle BAG205, Goat Production BAG223, Horse Care II BAG204, Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220, Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218, Pigs BAG209, Poultry BAG208, Sheep BAG210, Animal Breeding BAG301, Horse Care III BAG302.
Note that each module in the Certificate in Animal Husbandry is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
The aim of the course is to prepare students for employment in animal related industries such as vet assistants,livestock workers, animal control workers or the RSPCA volunteers, by providing them with knowledge and skills related to the care and well being of animals.
What course teaches
- Learn to care for the health of any type of animal and understand the scope of services offered by animal care services, including in veterinary practices.
- Learn to assess animal health, explain a variety of conditions and identify appropriate treatments or responses to a range of more common complaints or illnesses.
- Explain the role of proteins, vitamins and minerals in animal diets.
- Understand the composition of a range of feeds, including pasture, fodder crops, grasses, cereals, seed, and other edible plants
- Plan and implement animal breeding programs using genetic theory, practical applications to daily husbandry practice, and management of animal breeding programs.
- Develop a sound foundation knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology as a basis to understanding the care and management of animals.
- Develop appropriate procedures to manage grazing animals
- Develop timetables for husbandry tasks to be undertaken over a typical week when caring for a specific breeds of animals
- Discuss the general principles of animal care, as they relate to a wide range of different types of animals.
- Working with animals today involves far more opportunities than what they once were.
- Animal industries embrace diverse areas of employment including, conservation, pet industries, pest control, farming, and much more.
- The following are just a few thoughts as to the scope and nature of working with animals.
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