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Qualification - Certificate in Animal Husbandry

Course CodeVAG012
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
QualificationCertificate

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.

 

 

Modules

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.

 

 

BOOKS

Visit our School bookshop at www.acsebook.com

  • Downloadable ebooks that can be read on ipads, PC’s, Laptops, or readers like a Kindle.
  • Titles are written by our principal and staff.
  • Anyone can purchase books –ACS students are offered a student discount
 


Meet some of our academics

Cheryl WilsonSports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture and equine industries, across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Cheryl has a B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Peter Douglas Over 50 years experience in Agriculture and wildlife management. Former university lecturer, Wildlife park manager, Animal breeder, Equestrian. Peter has both wide ranging experience in animal science, farming and tourism management, and continues to apply that knowledge both through his work with ACS, and beyond.


Check out our eBooks

Animal PsychologyComparative Animal Psychology. This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in understanding animals better; students, animal owners and anyone who works with animals.
Horse CareIf you're starting a career in the equine industry, this text is perfect to accompany your study notes! If you're a new horse owner keen to develop or solidify your knowledge of horse care techniques, this book will guide you through basic anatomy and physiology; feed and nutrition;, health management and shoeing; handling techniques and the use of equipment. Learn about caring for horses kept at grass or effectively care for the stabled horse. With ten chapters full of expert advice which is easy to read and follow you can be a confident horse owner! 111 pages
PoultryPoultry are entertaining as pets and life sustaining as a commercial product! Whether you are seeking a book as a beginner poultry keeper or if you are embarking on a new career in poultry production or management, this book is for you. Easy to read, easy to understand and packed with easy to implement practical advice. Know how to care for the health and wellbeing of poultry and make production a commercially viable enterprise.
Caring for DogsThis book is jam packed full of practical advice and up to the minute information every dog owner needs! You will explore fundamentals of nutrition and health; parasites and illness; breeds and reproduction; training and behaviour management! Understand how your dog thinks and what your dog wants you to know. Try techniques to overcome behaviour problems! This is a book for dog owners, students and anyone interested in working with dogs. 79 pages