If you are keen to work with animals but aren't sure in which particular area, then this is the programme for you. Explore the basics of animal health, husbandry, conservation and behaviour across a range of animals. Delve into their anatomy and physiology. Understand how these areas help us care for animals in a range of environments - from the vet clinic to the great New Zealand bush. Develop an awareness of the social, ethical and environmental issues that impact animal management. Apply your knowledge and understanding of what you are learning in self-selected work placements. Discover how to communicate effectively within a team and apply basic business and customer service skills in the work environment.
- Recognised by the animal industries in New Zealand. Unitec is the sole tertiary provider of this qualification.
- Practical work placements in an animal industry of your choice.
- Experienced lecturers who are experts in the fields of animal behaviour, health and welfare, and continue to work and research closely with industry.
- Strong links with industry: there's an increasing awareness of the importance of animal management in New Zealand, and we're considered a world leader in animal welfare.
- Flexibility: apply for the stand-alone Certificate in Animal Management, and go on to study one of three specialist endorsements.
- Use this qualification as an entry to higher-level animal management programmes such as the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing or the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare).
To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.
Generic Admission Requirements
All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).
For Level 4 Certificate programmes applicants must have a minimum of 4 years secondary education, and a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 1 in each of at least two subjects, OR a pass in two subjects in New Zealand School Certificate, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 2) in a relevant pathway, OR equivalent.
Applicants must have:
- attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence; and
- provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.
In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.
In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.
English Language Admission Requirements
General English Language requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.
English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:
Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:
a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;
b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:
- Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
- Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
- Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
- Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:
- NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (General / Workplace / Academic) (Level 3)
- An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
- An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 530 (essay 4.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (writing 20)
- University of Cambridge English Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162.No less than 154 in each skill
- Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42.
Programme Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.
To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations:
- Have a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 Biology and/or Chemistry or other relevant science subjects; or
- Have completed the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3): Whitinga or equivalent.
English language admission requirements
All domestic applicants who do not meet the English Language Requirements as set out in the Generic Certificate Regulations are required to sit an English assessment and attend an interview. The assessments and interview will be used to determine whether the applicant has a level of competency in English Language that is equivalent to the generic requirements. If an ‘equivalent ‘level of competency is obtained the student will be considered to meet the English Language requirements for admission on the programme.
Courses and timetables
Please check back in November for timetable information for 2017.
|Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology (NSCI4700)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies through the practical application of the appropriate management of a range of animals and to develop their transferable and interpersonal skills in a work-based environment.|
|Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology (Sem A) (NSCI4700-SA)||7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)||To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies through the practical application of the appropriate management of a range of animals and to develop their transferable and interpersonal skills in a work-based environment.|
|Work Experience Practicum (Sem A) (NSCI4701-SA)||7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)||To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies through the practical application of the appropriate management of a range of animals and to develop their transferable and inter-personal skills in a work-based environment.|
|Conservation and Animal Management (NSCI4704)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to understand the principles of wildlife conservation and the social, legal, political and cultural framework within which practitioners must operate, with specific reference to New Zealand.|
|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.|
|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.|