Animal Behaviour

ACS Distance Education
Duration: 100 hours
Qualification: Statement of Attainment

Learn Animal Behaviour with this 100-hour distance learning course covering a variety of aspects that affect animal behaviour.

Animal Behaviour – the basis of understanding animal needs

Humans have long had a fascination and vested interest in animals. The long history of animal domestication has seen us use them as tools, as food sources and as our companions. Domestication has done very little to change animal behaviour, with domestic animals continuing to display the same natural behaviour and motivational channels as their ancestors.

Studying the natural behaviour of animals, therefore, is vital for us to gain an understanding of the needs of animals.  Although domesticated animals may not display the complete set of behaviours shown in a natural environment, their behaviour in a domestic setting will always equate to a need.

The behaviour of an animal is a fundamental indicator of their health and well-being so it is very important to have a sound understanding of animal behaviour when working with animals. 

Learn to evaluate the behavioural characteristics of animals

People who study animal behaviour are concerned with understanding the causes, functions, development, and evolution of behaviour.

Many jobs that involve working with animals also involve some knowledge of animal behaviour. These include employment as:

  • veterinary assistants
  • animal caretakers at zoos, universities, and research institutions
  • animal psychologists
  • companion animal trainers
  • pet store workers
  • animal control officers

An understanding of animal behaviour is important in any situation where a person works with animals.

Why choose our course?

This course covers all aspects of animal behaviour including motivation, genetics, animal perception, environmental influences, social behaviour and learning and includes sections on animal handling and common abnormal behaviours.


  • Identify factors affecting animal behaviour
  • Describe the influence of genes on animal behaviour
  • Explain how animals perceive and how they respond to various stimuli
  • Explain the influence of environment factors, such as circadian rhythms, on biological clocks, reproductive cycles, orientation and other animal behaviour
  • Explain the social influences on animal aggression, play, sexual behaviour, communication and other behaviour
  • Describe different ways that animals learn (such as conditioning and habituation) and some effects of learning on behaviour
  • Discuss psychological implications of different handling techniques
  • Identify abnormal animal behaviour (eg. psychotic, neurotic behaviour) and ways to reduce dependence on humans

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Online Course: Yes
Funding Available: No

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Location : This is an online course
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