Programme overview

Explore the role of an animal welfare investigator and the requirements, procedures and powers of this role in terms of animal welfare law, animal health and husbandry, techniques for investigations and prosecutions, and communication skills.

Highlights

  • Essential for industry recognition: to become a warranted animal welfare investigator under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, you need to have the Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations and be employed by an approved organisation.
  • 28 hours of compulsory work experience: you spend 20 hours working alongside a practising warranted animal welfare investigator and eight hours in a district court.
  • Suitable for mature students, school leavers and those who work with animals and want to know more about animal welfare and the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
  • Lecturers who are passionate about animals and experts in the fields of animal welfare investigations, animal behaviour, health and welfare. They continue to work closely with the industry.
  • Visits from guest lecturers from the industry.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English
2. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Biology and/or Chemistry, or another relevant science subject
3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
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.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

CoursesCreditsAim
Animal Welfare Law (Sem A) (NSCI4010-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To promote an understanding of the general principles of legislation as they apply to Animal Welfare. Explain the Animal Welfare Act 1999 as it applies to the compliance officers powers and the rights of the public. To develop competency in a range of generic and transferable skills necessary to being an Animal Welfare Investigator.
Animal Welfare Law (Sem B) (NSCI4010-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To promote an understanding of the general principles of legislation as they apply to Animal Welfare. Explain the Animal Welfare Act 1999 as it applies to the compliance officers powers and the rights of the public. To develop competency in a range of generic and transferable skills necessary to being an Animal Welfare Investigator.
Animal Welfare Investigations (Sem A) (NSCI4020-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to respond appropriately to a complaint, carry out an investigation and/or a patrol in a compliance context, collect and record evidence that may be used in court.
Animal Welfare Investigations (Sem B) (NSCI4020-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to respond appropriately to a complaint, carry out an investigation and/or a patrol in a compliance context, collect and record evidence that may be used in court.
Animal Welfare Prosecutions (NSCI4030) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the roles and expectations for the participation in District Court criminal proceedings and discuss the preparation of a prosecution file for a hearing.
Communication & Study Skills for Animal Welfare Investigators (Sem A) (NSCI4040-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable the student to gain and demonstrate essential study skills. Development of these skills will facilitate student success in their certificate programme. To enable the student to communicate effectively in a range of situations within an animal related setting.
Communication & Study Skills for Animal Welfare Investigators (Sem B) (NSCI4040-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable the student to gain and demonstrate essential study skills. Development of these skills will facilitate student success in their certificate programme. To enable the student to communicate effectively in a range of situations within an animal related setting.
Animal Health & Husbandry for Animal Welfare Investigators (Sem A) (NSCI4050-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To promote a successful understanding of the basic concepts of health and ill-health and its indicators, potential causes and the signs of abnormal health and treatment protocols in relation to the work of an animal welfare investigator.
Animal Health & Husbandry for Animal Welfare Investigators(Sem B) (NSCI4050-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To promote a successful understanding of the basic concepts of health and ill-health and its indicators, potential causes and the signs of abnormal health and treatment protocols in relation to the work of an animal welfare investigator.