ANCN1013 – Certificate in Animal Health Care

Gain the Foundation skills and knowledge to provide the best care for Companion Animals

Whether you’re currently working with animals, looking to work with animals in the future, or simply love animals and want to provide them with the best care possible; this is the course for you. Our companion animal care course is a great way to work toward your goals and improve your skills in caring for companion animals.


You will start off by studying the science behind how the body works; and then receive a broad understanding of the theory behind many the aspects of pet care, including diet, environment, hygiene, training, safe handling and recognising common health issues.


The course covers a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.


Rated 4.62 out of 5 based on 52 customer ratings
(52 customer reviews)
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52 reviews for ANCN1013 – Certificate in Animal Health Care

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gaye Walker

    I wouldnt change anything, except the way I had to send my assignment thru, I got a bit confused as Im not good on computers, but I am getting better now !! Thank you for helping me to complete my course I really enjoyed studying with the Career Academy, The best part was getting the feedback and the encouragement that I got from the tudors, I found that was invaluable, especially when it got a bit difficult

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine Mitchell

    I enjoyed researching topics on line concerning my course and with each topic I enjoyed and learnt heaps more. I would not change anything

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna Mckay

    you could do it when you wanted and there was always help button

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn Wildey

    The best part of being a student with The Career Academy would have to be the fact that i can do all my work on my pace. Theres nothing i would change about my experince with this course

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hibberd

    Really great. As a side note – finding quite a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes throughout the website and the course content. I can point them out if someone would like to contact me (email address supplied below).

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelley Beesley


  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelley Beesley


  8. Rated 3 out of 5

    Victoria Rach

    The course is great but some of the assessment questions are similar.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cathy Bauer

    You can study in your own time at your own pace. The assignments were marked in good time with appropriate feedback and fairness. Over all the course is very good but, it would be even better for a thorough proofread. There were some sentences that did not make sense at all and some spelling and grammar errors that should not have been passed by. That would make it really professional then.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cathy Bauer

    You can study in your own time at your own pace. The assignments were marked in good time with appropriate feedback and fairness. Over all the course is very good but, it would be even better for a thorough proofread. There were some sentences that did not make sense at all and some spelling and grammar errors that should not have been passed by. That would make it really professional then.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Olivia Viney


  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah Obrien

    I’m loving the courses I’m doing, the tutors are fantastic and helpful, I have always received fast responses to my questions and I’m happily doing more to advance my education.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Selina Thomas

    While i’m not working it was great to just sit down and study from home at my own pace, there was no pressure to complete assignments or study and i was able to learn about what i love without breaking the bank.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma Hulse

    I enjoyed studying at my own pace. The best part was just learning more about animals and how to look after a pet. I truly enjoyed this course very much.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tara Solly

    This course was absolutely amazing! fun and easy to follow tasks. Tasks were well explained and made my studying life easy. Great course for animal lovers!

  16. Rated 3 out of 5

    Melanie Chambers

    The support was always on hand if I got overwhelmed or did not understand any questions. Move relative resources to be included with assessment questions.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Mckay

    As I am looking into doing a vet nursing degree next year and wanted to do a certificate in animal health with out spending too much money in case I found out during the degree that this isnt what I actually want to be doing. There isnt many other places that offer a course like this one and I am glad I went through careers academy for it, this gave me great insight on what is expected in vet nursing and I really enjoyed it, learned so much from this course as well. Nothing, everything was set out easily enough to understand and all the tutors were so nice and helpful.

  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sharee Reston

    saw the career academy online as was looking for this type of course Improvement: questions based a little more on certain areas of nz

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Geitenbeek

    Flexibility to be able study when I am up to it, and the payment options (not the mention the price) of the course were ideal to my circumstances I would like to see more of the physical (anatomical) structure of the most common animals (Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Horses) included in this course I would just like to say a big thank you to Sam Healey and Kate Fasher for their ongoing support, their quick response to the multitude of questions I sent their way, and their constructive feedback throughout both of the courses that I have completed so far

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Adonia Wilson

    I chose to do this course to learn more about first aid for my pets. I feel I already knew much of the content when it came to dogs. I found the wording from a couple of the questions to be confusing, could have meant a couple of different things.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hayden Hooper

    I think The Career Academy personally stood out for me when I was online and searching for a course in animal care , and to honest it was the only one out of three that actually got back to me to provided detail to how I can get started with online learning. I think my biggest thought would be towards the quizzes , if after the allowed attempts if still not able to get correct answer , it be helpful to have the answer shown for learning purposes and knowledge intake . Other than that I started to find them fun , which is different for me as I normally freak out and get scared doing quizzes and assignments. I found that for myself this course was prefect , I needed a starting point and a chance to take a step in the right direction . Due to work related injuries I have had to look into different job and career choices. I have found that not only that this course has given the insight of the area I wish to be in the future , I have found that this has also taught me in how to apply knowledge that I know or have learnt throughout the course on to paper and in writing , which was a major step for me and to what Im use too . The course notes provided information in which I either didnt know or never had the full details and understanding of in that area . As I worked through this course It got me thinking more in depth about what I need to know and learn to take my next step . I would like to say thanks too the tutors and the feed back on the assignments as I found that they will add information that I found really helpful to further my knowledge , I also found that a lot of questions that I had to ask actually got answered in the feed back and extra input . Over all this course has boosted my confidents and got me wanting to learn more .

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jade Ribison

    I chose to study with the career academy because it wasn’t expensive

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mulhall

    A friend suggested the career academy, the course covered everything.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mulhall

    the course covered everything – A friend suggested it

  25. Rated 3 out of 5

    Ashley Seaton

    I chose this course for the price and flexibility – A lot of this course was based on research you had to complete yourself. It would be really good if the reading material gave you the information needed to complete the questions. You will always need to do your own research but i think more info is needed in the reading material.

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stacey Wamsteker

    I haven’t got far enough along the course yet to fully see how it is but I am enjoying it and the information is easy to follow.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carein Chan

    Being correspondence it was great to do my study when it fitted in with my lifestyle and commitments. Tutor and all involved at career academy were amazing – getting help and extension's when needed. Really appreciated your team – thank you

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Briana Eaves

    The course tutors comments on the assessments are helpful. The course notes have lots of useful information.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinna Keogan

    I’ve only really started it (working on 4th assignment) but with what I’ve gone through looking at what’s coming up it looks really exciting and glad to know I will be learning about procedures etc.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jane Christensen

    Availability online at anytime. The tutor was very prompt at marking and feedback.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maya Tooley-Taiuru

    I found this course really good it made me really think and get into depth with my understanding of it all and I have learned a lot. The tutors help you especially if you ask for help or clarification when you need it. So overall it was great I learnt a lot and am glad i challenged myself and completed the course.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Bragg

    Fantastic so far almost half way through this course and the tutors have been nothing but helpful so thank you!

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Aimee Gray

    I chose the Career Academy because they have the course I wanted to do which was animal health care.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Scott

    I chose to study with The Career Academy as the course outline seemed to fit with what i wanted, to gain more knowledge and they had a great time frame on the course that worked well for me being at home with a baby.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinna Keogan

    I think the course is awesome and tutor is amazing. I love how easy the website is to use and being able to pay the course off week to week especially with being a solo mum. And with working 10.5 hours a week it’s hard to afford a payout for a course too, so glad I came across career academy.

  36. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Neale

    Great content. good value.

  37. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandy Bebawy

    I think it is full of information, well organised and presents the information really well!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Edmonds

    I really enjoy having my course tutors just an email away. What I like about them is they reply quickly and are really easy to understand. They are helpful and very kind, I would not recommend anyone else who could be better than my tutors.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Suzzanne Carroll

    The tutors are really helpful and they explain it well so I do understand

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shylah Harwood

    Im really enjoying it.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy Ieeuwen

    I want a career in the vet industry and thought that this would be a good start! I would increase the number of questions on each of the quizzes

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Scott

    I am loving this course, the tutor is great! She is very helpful in giving detailed feedback.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacinta Marfell

    I chose to study with the Career Academy because of their payment plan options. Being able to do it in your own time made it so much easier to do.

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Janie Verwey

    My tutor is very friendly and helpful. The course material is comprehensive and adequate for me to complete my test and some of my assignment contents. It’s really handy to have a tutor that I can rely on for support and that has the necessary knowledge and experience to make my studies easier.

  45. Rated 4 out of 5

    Alice Delany

    I like the course, it’s all pretty manageable and easy to go through on my own. I haven’t needed to use the tutors.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Bennett

    Good course, the content is not too easy or too difficult. It’s a nice balance. The tutors are helpful.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Niki Hotter

    It’s going great, I’m really enjoying it! I’ll need an extension most likely just because of work and all that but the course is easy to do.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dipika Sharma

    Enjoying the course.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacinta Marfell

    Really loving the course. Tutors really helpful.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Edmonds

    Enjoying course.

  51. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kim Bryce

    Enjoying course. Some communication issues but all resolved now.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerriane Brown

    Course is going very well. Tutors are very helpful .

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Key benefits

  • Gain a greater understanding of managing and caring for a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, rodents and fish.
  • Identify common signs of ill health
  • Develop a broader awareness of health issues in domestic pets
  • Examine the basic biology and structure of animals
  • Learn basic fundamental theories behind training and handling companion animals.

This course is designed for

  • People who want to work in animal care
  • Responsible pet owners
  • Anybody considering pursuing work in a veterinary clinic

Eden – Animal Care Tutor

Eden loves animals, and thought that The Career Academy would be the perfect place to help others grow their passion for animals as well. During her study at Unitec – Eden spent some time studying the fascinating behaviour of the baboons at Auckland Zoo. Fortunately, the other tutors at The Career Academy are both friendlier and better behaved, and she loves the community spirit around the office.

Of course, it’s the students that make it worth getting up in the morning. ‘It’s awesome when students add their own experiences to their assignments,’ and she especially loves to hear the stories about people’s pets.

When the last assignment is marked, Eden relaxes with horse riding and reading (but thankfully not at the same time).


Our students say

★★★★★ “Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor is always there whenever I need help!” Harriet Gregory

Course summary

Investment: $495 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.  Get started now by clicking here.


Assessments: 10 modules / 10 assignments. Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.


Duration: 100 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete


Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone


Course Level: 4

Following these modules

ANCG108 – Introduction to Animal Care
ANCG117 – Anatomy and Physiology
ANCG118 – Husbandry of Dogs
ANCG164 – Husbandry of Other Species
ANCG177 – Common Diseases of Dogs
ANCG179 – Common Diseases of Other Species
ANCG188 – First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
ANCG189 – Handling and Safety
ANCG190 – Veterinary Health Care and Procedures
ANCG191 – Training and Behaviour


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