Programme overview

Whether you’re straight out of school, currently working with animals or thinking about a career change, the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care is a great place to start!

We cover all aspects of animal care including health, hygiene, behaviour and handling. We give you the knowledge and skills to care for a wide range of companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and birds, in a variety of settings including your home, pet shops, kennels and catteries.

Choose from one of three study options available that works best with your schedule:

  • Part-time study over one year from February to November. Classes run twice a week, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Full-time study over one semester from July to November. Classes run three times a week, Monday – Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Distance learning over one semester from May to September. Anyone from across New Zealand is eligible for this programme as the bulk of the programme is online. Please note: students must be able to attend a compulsory six-day on-campus block course. Classes will be at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus from 3 - 8 July 2017.

This programme replaces the Certificate in Animal Care.

Highlights

  • Take the first steps towards an animal care-related professional career by gaining a comprehensive understanding of animal husbandry
  • Develop essential communication skills and professional capabilities
  • Passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields and work closely with industry
  • Potential entry into a range of animal management programmes within the Environmental and Animal Sciences practice pathway.
  • Access to Unitec's small animal unit where you'll get a hands-on introduction to animal care through 12 hours on-site practical training and 48 hours placement experience at an approved external facility.
  • A mix of on-campus classes, practicals, and self-directed learning

 If you're specifically interested in dog training, have a look at our New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Canine Behaviour and Training).

Where to next?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to:

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Preferred candidates will have NCEA Level 1, with strengths from the Vocational Pathway Primary Industries sector

2. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English

3. 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:

  • Provide sufficient evidence of equivalent NCEA credits or the ability to study at tertiary level.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Companion Animal Industry and Care (NSCI3775) 40 credits (0.333 EFTS)To enable students to develop a theoretical and applied knowledge of husbandry of a range of companion animal species within an animal facility.
Companion Animal Industry and Care (Sem A) (NSCI3775-SA) 20 credits (0.1665 EFTS)To enable students to develop a theoretical and applied knowledge of husbandry of a range of companion animal species within an animal facility.
Companion Animal Industry and Care (Sem B) (NSCI3775-SB) 20 credits (0.1665 EFTS)To enable students to develop a theoretical and applied knowledge of husbandry of a range of companion animal species within an animal facility.
Introduction to Companion Animal Biology (NSCI3785) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course examines the basic biology, structure and function of companion animals as it relates to their day-to-day care.
Introduction to Companion Animal Biology (Sem A) (NSCI3785-SA) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)This course examines the basic biology, structure and function of companion animals as it relates to their day-to-day care.
Introduction to Companion Animal Biology (Sem B) (NSCI3785-SB) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)This course examines the basic biology, structure and function of companion animals as it relates to their day-to-day care.
Work Place Practices (NSCI3795) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to work place practices in animal facilities.
Work Place Practices (Sem A) (NSCI3795-SA) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)To enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to work place practices in animal facilities.
Work Place Practices (Sem B) (NSCI3795-SB) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS)To enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to work place practices in animal facilities.