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What will I learn?

The field of zoology is a field many dream about from childhood. Students who enroll into the zoology / zoo keeper course will complete the following units of study:

  • Animal Breeding
  • Diseases and Diagnoses
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Animal Behaviour & Psychology
  • Animal Health Care
  • Zoo Keeping

Career Prospects

Zoo Keeper positions are relatively few and when positions become vacant it is competitive. Training will help assist in setting you apart from other applicants. Aside from employment within Zoo’s work can also be sought as a VET assistant or staff member at animal impound centres, animal protection agencies (eg RSPCA), animal hospitals, wild life officer (ranger) and animal day care business’s.

The duties of a Zoo Keeper include the care and maintenance of captive animals and their enclosures and the preparation of food. Zoo Keepers are also generally required to maintain detailed animal records, make detailed observations of their charges and assist in the capture and restraint of animals.

Specialist Zoo Keepers may focus upon the care and management of native or exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish, animal training, vet hospital or other specialised areas of animal management.

Online Learning

This entire course is carried out via Distance Learning (also known as correspondence learning). Distance learning is ideal if you need to adapt around work, family, or other commitments. It is also extremely beneficial should you simply wish to fast track your studies (and career) and not be locked into a timetable.

Our course content and learning experience ensure that your course is relevant and interesting. Learning, tutorial assistance and assessments take place whenever and wherever you are in the country or world. It takes place at your own pace on your own terms to fit your lifestyle. As an ICI student, you’ll never endure a pop quiz, spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars travelling, and never be late with an assignment or for class.

Course Level

This course leads to the awarding of an ICI Diploma of Zoology. This qualification recognises the graduates capacity for initiative and judgment across a broad range of technical and management functions. ICI Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy in performing technical operations or organising others in the workplace.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Care

Study options

Online/Distance (31 weeks)

Tuition fees
AUD $1,611 for the entire course
Start date

To suit the client/individual

Entry requirements

For international students

There are no previous work or education requirements for entry into course level.

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