Animal management and welfare is a rapidly growing field of study and work. This unique programme will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in a wide range of emerging animal management and welfare careers. This programme addresses the demand for ethical professionals in industries and organisations associated with the management and care of animals. You’ll develop an understanding of animal behaviour modification, health and welfare, handling and husbandry, conservation and human/animal interactions.
- A holistic approach that combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills to evaluate the welfare, management and training needs of wild, exotic, and companion animals
- Practical experience in simulated and real-world situations
- Visits to various animal welfare organisations and voluntary groups - you may even be able to undertake part of your studies at one of their sites
- A chance to complete a research report in an area of your own interest in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field
- Relevant and current teaching: our lecturers keep up with industry trends through links with zoos in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, the Department of Conservation, MPI Biosecurity and the SPCA
- A teaching team of highly qualified and experienced animal behaviour experts, animal trainers, animal welfare scientists and veterinarians
For this programme, you will need the following:
1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:
- 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
- 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)
2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:
- Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
- Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
- Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years
Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:
- A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
- Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission; or
- If you’ve successfully completed the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, you can cross-credit multiple papers towards admission to this programme.
For more information download the programme regulations:
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.
|Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice|
|Diversity of Life: Animals (NSCI5103)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop an understanding of the basis of the taxonomic classification of the major animal groups, their phylogenetic relationships and how different animal forms have adapted to different ways of living.|
|Principles of Biology (NSCI5104)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop an understanding of the underlying chemical and physical processes which serve to promote and enable order in biological systems.|
|Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare (NSCI5702)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To promote an understanding of the basic principles of animal behaviour and welfare as it applies to a range of animal species.|
|Earth Processes (NSCI5730)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide a scientific understanding of physical and chemical processes and their interactions which are essential to life on Earth.|
|Principles of Ecology (NSCI5731)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop an understanding of the interactions that occur between organisms and their environment.|
|Science and Society (NSCI5735)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To explore ways in which Science and human society have developed and interacted throughout history; to equip students with an appreciation that science takes place within a broad cultural framework and to recognise the validity of differing points of view.|
|Principles of Animal Husbandry (NSCI5738)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.|
|Research Methods (NSCI6730)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop skills in research methodology that will allow students to plan and initiate research, to analyse data and to critically appraise research findings.|
|Companion Animal Behaviour (NSCI6731)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to apply animal behaviour concepts to a range of applied situations focussing on the welfare of companion animals.|
|Animal Health and Welfare (NSCI6732)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing the welfare status of animals and to develop an understanding of how animal health is impacted by environmental factors.|
|Animal Breeding and Nutrition (NSCI6737)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the students to develop an understanding of the management of breeding and nutrition in a range of animal species.|
|Vertebrate Physiology (NSCI6741)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To promote an understanding of the physiological responses of animals to environmental challenges and stressors.|
|Global Issues in Animal Welfare (NSCI7101)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate historical and recent issues relating to animal welfare research and practices in a global context.|
|Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem A) (NSCI7731-SA)||15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.|
|Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem B) (NSCI7731-SB)||15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.|
|Diversity of Life: Plants and Fungi (NSCI5101)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop an understanding of the basis of classification of plants, fungi and protists and their underlying structure and function.|
|Techniques in Field Biology (NSCI5740)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide an introduction to a range of techniques used in field biology for the scientific identification and sampling of animals and plants.|
|Concepts in Biodiversity (NSCI6735)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide a synopsis of the theory, methodology and significance of biological diversity.|
|Captive Wild Animal Management (NSCI6738)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to understand the philosophical, scientific and practical basis for the maintenance of wild animals in captivity.|
|Behavioural Ecology (NSCI6739)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary basis of animal behaviour, and the role behaviour plays in enabling animals to adapt to their environment.|
|Geographic Information Systems (NSCI6743)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop understanding in the use and application of GIS, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and RS (Remote Sensing) for modelling and presenting spatial data and information.|
|Practicum (NSCI6744)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies and to develop their transferable and inter-personal skills in a work-based environment.|
|Ecological Risk and its Mitigation (NSCI6746)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To apply ecological theory and techniques to the assessment of environmental risk from human impacts and evaluate mitigations for the sustainable utilisation of biological resources.|
|Pacific Veterinary Nursing Practicum (NSCI6747)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to reflect on and apply the skills, theoretical and practical knowledge gained during their field trip, and to develop their inter-personal skills in a challenging work-based environment|
|Molecular Genetics and Evolution (NSCI6748)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To explore the genetic basis of evolution; to acquire practical skills in basic molecular analysis; to assess how the study of genetics and the use of molecular tools can inform biodiversity conservation, animal breeding, animal welfare and our understanding of evolutionary ecology.|
|Advanced Research (HSDV7340)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course provides students an opportunity to engage in designing and conducting an aspect of a negotiated research/study project relevant to the student’s discipline/context.|
|Anthrozoology (NSCI7103)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To introduce students to the multidisciplinary field of Anthrozoology, illustrating the conceptual links between research in this relatively new academic field and use in understanding the interaction between animals and humans.|
|Restoration Ecology (NSCI7104)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to apply ecological theory to the practice of restoring damaged ecosystems, using existing restoration projects as reference sites.|
|Applied Animal Behaviour Science (NSCI7106)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To assess and interpret observed behaviour of selected animals (in a range of situations) in relation to their environment. To explain how an understanding of applied animal behaviour can be used to improve animal management and welfare.|
|Biosecurity (NSCI7107)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide an understanding of the impacts, management and risks of invasive alien species to New Zealand and beyond.|
|Field Trip (NSCI7108)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide an opportunity to consider and study in situ, the ecology and conservation of a critically endangered ecosystem.|
|Conservation Science (NSCI7732)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To understand how the knowledge of genetics and population dynamics can be used to influence conservation and wildlife management decisions.|
|Applied Geographic Information Systems (NSCI7736)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide an enhanced understanding of, and competence in, the acquisition, management, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial information.|
|Captive Wild Animal Population Management (NSCI7738)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to recognise and discuss the tools and processes used in the management of animal populations in zoos.|
The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.
Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.
The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.
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Key Information for Students
Entry requirementsMinimum requirements: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Maths & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, special & discretionary admission also accepted.
Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.
|Government tuition subsidy:||$12,456||$37,368|
National graduate outcomes
|(3 years after completion)|
|Earnings range||$33,600 - $53,015|
|In further study||47%|
|On a benefit||1%|
Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.