<small>Specialist Award in </small><span>Animal Care</span>

Specialist Award in Animal Care

Course Code VAG028
Qualification Specialist Award
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 500 Hours

Online animal care courses in New Zealand with Learning Cloud, offering animal care courses online and via distance learning.

Animal Care Courses have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks. Real-world exercises are used throughout the program. 

There are few people more passionate about their work than those who dedicate their lives to working with all creatures great and small. Today, we're more concerned about the animals we share the planet with than ever before. As a result, there are more jobs available in the animal care industry. Learning Cloud offers a variety of online courses in animal technology, horse studies, veterinary nursing, pet grooming and zoo keeping. 

Working With Animals

Animal care industries fall into three broad categories:

  • Farm Animals
  • Pets
  • Wildlife

These areas of work can often overlap, and require similar skills and knowledge. Opportunities you will find can change over time, and may be different in some countries to others. For example:

  • In wealthy countries where there is a lot of disposable income, there can also be a lot of money spent on pets; for example the cost of caring for a dog over the course of its life in New Zealand can be more than half the annual income of an individual.
  • In some countries, wildlife tourism may be a significant contributor to the country’s economy, and this will provide a significant motivation for jobs to be created in wildlife conservation.
  • Some countries that have economies dependant heavily on agriculture, will offer more work with farm animals than with pets or wildlife.

Getting Started

Many people begin their careers by getting involved with animals at an early age; perhaps as pets, or farm animals if they live on a farm or small holding. Some people underttake a course, or volunteer at an animal shelter, or zoo. Any and all of these things are good starting points.

You should remember that in todays world, a course of study by itself is never a guarantee of a career. Plenty of people complete degrees in biology, agriculture or marine studies, and never work with animals; while others get involved, gain experience, and study all at the same time.

Developing a career involves working on many pieces of the puzzle all at the same time.

Employers will engage your services if you can do the job, not just because you have the qualifications.

You need to work on developing experience, knowledge, networking, communication skills, attitude, learning to work to specification, and more,

Our courses are focussed on helping you with all of these things.

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Student support

We live in a society where the pressures of daily living are high with financial expenses, personal and work commitments, and mortgage and rental obligations. Then there are the unexpected life challenges that also get thrown our way. With this in mind the thought of taking on study can be daunting for most people. Here at Learning Cloud we understand that life doesn’t run in a straight line it has many ups and downs.

As an enrolled student at Learning Cloud, you are entitled to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Services Unit. These supports are designed to walk beside you throughout your studies they will assist you in life’s ups and downs to provide you the best opportunity to successfully complete your chosen course.


  • Careers Counselling Service
  • General Counselling Service
  • Disability Liaison Service
  • Retention & Engagement Service
  • Student Activities
  • Accommodation
  • E Counselling
  • Your-Tutor
  • Parent support
  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

Call our student support today on 0800 000 361 or Email Faculty

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How will this course advance my career?

Learning Cloud programs have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks and Real-world exercises are used throughout the program.

Studies prove, time and again, that college-educated workers earn more than those with only a high school qualification. College graduates often enjoy additional benefits, including greater job opportunities and promotions. Though the proof for greater earning potential exists, some might wonder whether the cost of the education warrants the overall expense in the long run.

College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings

The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) analyses employee earnings data biennially, according to education level. Findings indicate that workers with a qualification earn significantly more than those without. Since the mid-1980s, education has played a large part in potential wages, with bachelor's degree holders taking home an average of 66% more than those with only a high school diploma do. While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period (nces.ed.gov).

How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.