Qualification - Certificate in Animal Husbandry

Course CodeVAG012
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Learn to Manage Farm Livestock

  • For farmers, farm workers, stock agents, farm services
  • Learn about animal science, feed and nutrition and animal health as a foundation for dealing with any type of livestock
  • Choose three electives to develop deeper knowledge in aspects of farm livestock that are of greater interest to you.
  • 600 hours of self paced study - study from home or anywhere that suits you.
ACS Student comment: I am reading and learning so many different things I did not previously know or understand about animals.  The assignment comments by the tutor are very encouraging and helpful. Lisbeth Fletcher, Netherlands, Certificate in Animal Health Care.

The Course consists of

  • 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;  Goats, Animal Diseases; and Natural Animal Health Care. See the more complete list following.




Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Animal Husbandry.
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 12 modules.
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Horse Management I BAG102
 Pet Care (Different Types Of Pets) AAG100
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Beef Cattle Management BAG206
 Calf Rearing BAG207
 Dairy Cattle Management BAG205
 Fish Farming & Aquaculture BAG211
 Goat Husbandry BAG223
 Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218
 Pig Husbandry BAG209
 Poultry Husbandry BAG208

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


Managing Livestock

If you select a breed which is more appropriate to your site conditions, sustainable farming can be made much easier. The following guidelines are generally applicable to most types of animals, and most breeds:
  • Minimise stress to animals and health/production/disease resistance improves
  • Leaving animals in the same paddock for a long period will be likely to result in higher levels of parasites (eg. worms)
  • All animals need some shelter whether trees, bush or buildings 
  • Moving animals periodically between paddocks will help the animals health, and reduce the likelihood of any land degradation. 
For certified organic produce, some practices such as vaccination, artificial lighting are restricted. Other practices such as use of certain chemicals, using certain feed additives (eg. urea) or intensive confinement of animals may be prohibited. If you plan organic farming, check the "official" requirements first.

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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