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AGRI Course 


Mooikrans Educational Institute is, from 2018, offering a specialised course in Animal health care for our Agriculture students.

Australia Correspondence School (ACS) is an International correspondence school and offers an online course in Animal health care.  On successful completion a certificate will be awarded. 

Students will reside at Mooikrans Education Institute, situated in Amersfoort, where they will recieve lessons and complete all practical assignments.

International Course breakdown



DURATION (Approx): 100 Hours

QUALIFICATION: Statement of Attainment

This course has been designed to help you understand animal health care and basic veterinarian procedures, and by studying with us you will gain invaluable knowledge and experience in understanding the many different aspects of Animal Health Care and their application.

Use this course to improve your employment prospects, form part of a career pathway towards becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse or Animal Technician, or simply to provide better health care to your less human family or business enterprise members.

Lesson Structure

Introduction to Animal Health Care

  • nature and scope of veterinary services
  • private veterinary practices
  • other veterinary services; laboratories, quarantine, agriculture departments, pharmaceutical companies, educational, etc
  • other animal services; breeders, holiday care, etc.
  • animal welfare and control
  • veterinary services
  • code of practice
  • terminology
  •  transporting animals

Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets

  • causes of ill health
  • injury
  • conditions
  • nutritional problems
  • living organisms
  • parasites
  • family pets common conditions
  • dogs
  • cats
  • caged birds
  • aquarium fish
  • mice
  • wild animals common conditions
  • reptiles

Animal Behaviour

  • communication in dogs
  • scent
  • barking
  • body language
  • handling cats
  • bird language
  • types of behavior
  • time orientation
  • space orientation
  • territorial behavior
  • aggression
  • horse psychology

Signs of Ill Health

  • vital signs
  • the healthy animal
  • signs & symptoms of diseases
  • recognising ill health
  • diagnosis of diseases
  • taking smears
  • taking tissue samples
  • diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • protozoa
  • parasites
  • mites
  • fleas

Veterinary Facilities

  • types of facilities; clinic, hospital, mobile facility, emergency facility,etc
  • first aid kit; aids for diagnosis, instruments, medicines, preparations, etc
  • record management
  • enclosure for animals
  • environmental requirements

Safety Procedures

  • duty of care
  • lifting heavy weights
  • reducing back injury
  • protective equipment
  • dealing with chemicals
  • skin penetrating injuries
  • risk categories
  • separating animals
  • disposal of dead/infected tissues
  • dangerous non-animal wastes
  • storage and handling of medicines
  • handling larger animals

Administration of Animal Health

  • animal insurance
  • quarantine
  • importing animals
  • managing a veterinary office
  • telephone usage
  • record keeping
  • filing information

Animal First Aid

  • types of wounds
  • cuts
  • punctures
  • tears
  • treating and cleaning wounds
  • granulating wounds
  • stitching a wound
  • bone and joint problems
  • broken bones
  • tendon injury
  • poisoning
  • restraining animals during first aid
  • restraining cats
  • restraining dogs
  • restraining horses
  • restraining cattle
  • restraining sheep

Preventative Health Care

  • preventing ill health
  • balanced diet
  • insect control
  • dip
  • vaccination
  • Comparing natural active immunity, artificial active immunity, natural passive immunity, and artificial active immunity
  • tetnus antiserum
  • types of vaccines
  • alternatives to vaccination
  • avoid stressing livestock

Routine Health Treatments

  • desexing
  • castration
  • vasectomy
  • spaying
  • tubal ligation
  • castration of cats
  • dogs
  • pregancy
  • gestation periods
  • euthanasia
  • anaesthesia and analgesia
  • preparing an animal for surgery
  • sterilising equipment
  • castrating a colt

Health Problems in Domestic Pets

  • burns
  • urinary tract infections;
  • shock
  • electrolytes
  • ticks
  • reptiles
  • fish problems

Rehabilitation Care

  • scope of rehabilitation
  • planning a recovery
  • animal nursing
  • the hospital pen
  • monitoring temperature, pulse, respiration
  • enclosures

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


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  • Describe the scope of services offered by animal care services.
  • Describe common health problems in various animals.
  • Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations.
  • Identify common signs of ill health in a variety of animals.
  • Describe purposes of a range of facilities in a veterinary practice.
  • Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice.
  • Describe a range of administrative taskes carried out in a veterinary practices.
  • Describe first aid procedures and treatments for different animals.
  • Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals.
  • Develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals.
  • Develop broader awareness of health issues and treatments in domestic pets.
  • Develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment

National Courses

  1. First Aid level 1 – 3
  2. Wool handling and classification
  3. Artificial insemination

All national courses are presented by qualified first aid officers, local wool farmers, and vetenarians.

Frans Joubert, MSc, whom was previously an agricultural teacher and Headmaster and Elna Wahl, who also has an Agricultural teaching background, will be presenting the practical aspect of the course and will assist students with the online modules.

Payment Options

The cost for 2019 R80 000 which is all inclusive – Accomodation (full board and lodging) at Mooikrans and study monies for external courses.


  • Full payment of study fees on 31 December – R78 000
  • First payment of R40 000 on the 1st February, R20 000 on the 1st April and last payment of R20 000 on the 1st June
  • First payment of R40 000 on the 1st February, R5 000 x 9 payments on the 1st of every month (Beginning the 1st March)

Academic year

The Academic year starts on the 1st February and ends on the 30th November.

Late applications are accepted, please send an email to Elna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please visit our website www.mooikrans.co.za or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read up about the course at :    www.acs.edu.au courses/animal health care




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P.O. Box 543, Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, 2490


Elna C. Wahl  (Director and owner)

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+27 (0) 83 732 8172




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