Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Applied Animal Science

Course CodeVSC003
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate
  • Study Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Study different types of animals and the science that underpins managing animals as pets, farm animals or wildlife
  • Specialize in the application of animal science to areas that most interest you
  • Self paced study at home

This Advanced Certificate consists of eight modules and a Research Project or 100 hour Industry meeting, covering Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy (Classification), Behaviour etc. It also incorporates optional study in Environmental Assessment, a marketable skill for people who graduate with a good understanding of animals.

If appropriate Research Project I may be replaced by Industry Meetings (100 hour).



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Applied Animal Science.
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Biochemistry I (Animal) BSC103
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Vertebrate Zoology BEN104
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Biochemistry II (Plant and Animal) BSC203
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Research Project I BGN102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 7 modules.
 Cell Biology BSC110
 Animal Disease BAG219
 Wildlife Conservation BEN206
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Biochemistry III (Animal Processes) BSC303
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301

Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Applied Animal Science is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

An excellent foundation for building a career with either domestic or wild animals.

Some students use this course to advance a career that has already commenced, while others use it as a starting point for their career.
Opportunities to work with animal science are broad, for example:
  • Pet shops, Kennels, Breeders
  • Veterinary industries (not just as a vet, but vet supplies, vet assistants, etc)
  • Animal protection, wildlife rescue,
  • Farming,
  • Zoos
  • Research
  • Media - animal publications, educational film and video, etc



The digestive system is basically a long tube extending from the mouth to the anus. Its function is to take in food, grind it, digest it, absorb the nutrients, and eliminate the solid waste products that result from the process. Digestion reduces the nutrients in food to compounds which are simple enough to be absorbed and used by the animal for energy and the building of tissues.

Previously we discussed how livestock are divided into ruminants and non-ruminants. Common ruminants on the farm are cattle and sheep while non-ruminants include pigs and horses. We saw that ruminants eat grass while non-ruminants eat cereals and some grass.

Ruminants' stomachs are designed to deal with large amounts of fibrous material (think how tough old grass and corn/sorghum stalks are). Ruminants have a much larger stomach than non-ruminants. The ruminant stomach is divided into four compartments and food travels slowly through them so that a tough food can be thoroughly digested. By contrast, the non-ruminant has a single or simple stomach (like ours).

We will deal in more detail with simple and ruminant stomachs later, but for now we are going to look at the various parts that make up a digestive system. We will first discuss the digestive system of a non-ruminant so that you can understand the workings of a simple system before moving on to the slightly more complicated ruminant system.


The mouth is a cavity that has several functions. Some of the functions of the mouth are to:

  • gather food
  • grind food into small pieces
  • mix food with saliva and mucous to form a slippery ball (called a bolus) that can be easily swallowed by the animal
  • The mouth is lined by a mucous membrane.
  • Mucous membrane is a layer of specialised epithelial tissue


The tongue is a muscular organ that is covered in a mucous membrane. The tongue helps in the grinding of food, the formation of the bolus, and in the swallowing of the bolus. The surface of the tongue contains glands and taste buds which play an important part in the selection of food. The taste buds are sensitive to sweet, bitter, sour and salty tastes. In grazing animals, the tongue is also covered with a layer of small, stalk-like structures called papillae, which help the animal to grip the blades of grass.


An animal's teeth play an important part in the biting, tearing, and grinding of food. There are three types of teeth:

  • Incisors - the sharp cutting teeth at the front of the mouth;
  • Canines - the conical, pointed teeth used for ripping;
  • Molars and Premolars - the blunt, irregularly shaped teeth used for grinding food into small pieces.

Farmers and veterinary surgeons look at an animal's teeth to estimate its age. Teeth will be dealt with in more detail in the section on teeth and dentition.


The oesophagus is a thick, muscular tube connecting the mouth to the stomach. It passes through the diaphragm (the partition between the chest and the abdomen). The tube is lined with mucous membrane and the walls are made up of involuntary muscle.

Once a ball or bolus of food has been forced into the oesophagus from the mouth by the process of swallowing it is automatically pushed down the tube by an action known as peristalsis. This process is also found in other organs of the GIT tract.

The muscle behind the bolus becomes contracted and narrow but the muscle in front of the bolus becomes relaxed and wide. This squeezes the bolus forward into the area of relaxed muscle. This muscle now contracts and propels the bolus further forward. The whole process is like a wave-like motion. Once the bolus is in the oesophagus, it must travel down to the stomach. The animal has no control over this process.


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These things cannot be always said of other colleges.


Career Opportunities

Study alone can never guarantee career success; but a good education is an important starting point.

Success in a career depends upon many things. A course like this is an excellent starting point because it provides a foundation for continued learning, and the means of understanding and dealing with issues you encounter in the workplace.

When you have completed an ACS course, you will have not only learnt about the subject, but you will have been prompted to start networking with experts in the discipline and shown how to approach problems that confront you in this field.

This and every other industry in today’s world is developing in unforeseen ways; and while that is unsettling for anyone who wants to be guaranteed a particular job at the end of a particular course; for others, this rapidly changing career environment is offering new and exciting opportunities almost every month.

If you want to do the best that you can in this industry, you need to recognise that the opportunities that confront you at the end of a course, are probably different to anything that has even been thought of when you commence a course.




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