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Animal Science (Animal Microbiology & Genetics and Evolution)

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5 hours
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No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
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In the UK, animal welfare is a significant issue, with over 200,000 animals being abandoned every year. By learning about animal science, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of animal behaviour, health, and welfare, which can help them make informed decisions about animal care. Additionally, the animal science industry is growing rapidly, with a wide range of career opportunities available in fields such as veterinary medicine, animal research, animal nutrition, and wildlife management.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the principles of animal science
  • Gain knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology
  • Learn about cell biology and its importance in animal science
  • Understand the role of biochemistry in animal science
  • Learn about animal microbiology and its relevance to animal health
  • Gain knowledge of genetics and evolution in animals
  • Understand the importance of animal nutrition and its impact on animal health
  • Learn about common animal diseases and their treatments


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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Course Curriculum:

The curriculum is divided into twelve modules, each focusing on a different aspect of animal science. In Module 01, Principles of Animal Science, you will learn the basic principles of animal production, such as animal genetics, breeding, and nutrition. Module 02, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, focuses on the structure and function of animal bodies, including the major organ systems and their functions.

Module 03, Cell Biology, covers the structure and function of cells, including cell division, metabolism, and signalling. In Module 04, Biochemistry, you will learn about the chemical processes that occur within living organisms, including the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.

Module 05, Animal Microbiology, focuses on the study of microorganisms that affect animals, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. In Module 06, Genetics and Evolution, you will learn about the principles of inheritance, genetic variation, and the mechanisms of evolution.

Module 07, Animal Nutrition, focuses on the nutritional requirements of animals, including the digestion and absorption of food, the metabolism of nutrients, and the role of nutrients in animal growth and development. Module 08, Animal Disease and Medicine, covers the principles of animal disease, including the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of common diseases in animals.

Module 09, Animal Behavioural Ecology, focuses on the study of animal behaviour in their natural environment, including animal communication, social behaviour, and the role of behaviour in animal survival and reproduction. Module 10, Pet Care, covers the principles of animal care, including the feeding, grooming, and health care of pets.

Module 11, Wildlife Management, focuses on the principles of wildlife management, including the conservation and management of wildlife populations and their habitats. In Module 12, Animal Welfare, you will learn about the ethical and welfare issues surrounding the use of animals in society, including the welfare of animals in agriculture, research, and other settings.


Upon completion of the course, learners can obtain a certificate as proof of their achievement. You can receive a £4.99 PDF Certificate sent via email, a £9.99 Printed Hardcopy Certificate for delivery in the UK, or a £19.99 Printed Hardcopy Certificate for international delivery. Each option depends on individual preferences and locations.

Who is this course for?

  • Animal lovers who want to deepen their understanding of the field
  • Students who want to pursue a career in animal science
  • Anyone who is interested in learning about animals

Career path

  • Animal nutritionist - £20,000-£40,000 per year
  • Veterinary assistant - £17,000-£25,000 per year
  • Animal welfare officer - £18,000-£25,000 per year
  • Wildlife biologist - £25,000-£35,000 per year

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