Department overview

Our staff are experts in animal care, animal behaviour and welfare, biosecurity, canine behaviour and training, conservation, ecology, veterinary nursing and zookeeping. It’s a friendly and supportive environment where we’re all focused on finding better ways to protect New Zealand's unique flora and fauna and the companion animals that we love.

Work or study at the Department of Natural Sciences and we’ll help you connect with the industry. Zoos and wildlife parks, the Department of Conservation, MPI Biosecurity and the Auckland SPCA are all in our address book.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Certificate in Animal Care 3 Part-time, starts February
5.30-8.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday, for one year
Full-time, starts July
5.30-8.30pm, Monday to Thursday, for one semester
Animal Shelter Workers pathway, starts July
Online and 5 day block course
Animal minder in a range of animal facilities, Boarding kennel or cattery attendant, Pet shop assistant, Veterinary nurse assistant, Wildlife rehabilitation aide, Facility assistant for SPCA, Pet supply sales representative, Animal shelter worker, Auxiliary officer
Certificate in Animal Management (Animal Clinical Care) 4 Full-time for one year Veterinary nurse assistant, Laboratory animal assistant, Kennel assistant, Animal handler
Certificate in Animal Management (Canine Behaviour and Training) 4 Full-time for one year Service dog training, Dog support services, Kennels/doggy daycare, Dog control, Animal welfare organisations (canine)
Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals) 4 Full-time distance learning for one year (including work experience and three compulsory block courses) Animal carer in a wildlife park or animal sanctuary, Zookeeper
Certificate in Animal Management 4 Full-time for one year Animal welfare organisations, Animal control, Kennel/cattery, Pet stores, Doggy daycare
Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations 4 Full-time distance learning for one year (including three five-day compulsory block courses and compulsory work experience) Animal welfare agency worker, Animal welfare investigator
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 6 On-site full-time for two years, or part-time for three years
Distance learning full-time for two years (including four compulsory block courses in Auckland of up to six days each and work experience in a registered veterinary clinic)
Veterinary nurse (with opportunities to advance to senior levels), Veterinary clinic practice manager, Laboratory animal manager, Laboratory technician, Research technician, Pet food company representative, Veterinary supply company representative, Pharmaceutical company representative, Breeding centre manager
Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Animal welfare scientific officer, Animal behaviour consultant, Welfare education officer, Animal welfare consultant
Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Biosecurity officer, Conservation manager, Ecology consultant, Environmental officer, Fisheries officer, Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst, MPI quarantine officer, Regional parks manager
Bachelor of Applied Science (Science Communication) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Science public relations expert, Science journalist, Science educator, Science media presenter, Documentary maker