Programme overview

If you have an interest in working with companion animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and birds, then this is the programme for you. Explore the basics of animal anatomy, health, welfare, behaviour and husbandry across a range of companion animals and understand how these areas help us manage animals in a range of environments. Develop an awareness of the social, ethical and environmental issues that affect 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.

This programme replaces the Certificate in Animal Management.

Highlights

  • Practical work placements in an animal industry of your choice
  • Practical experience within Unitec’s Mt Albert small animal unit
  • 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 world leaders in animal welfare

Where to next?

If you’re interested in continuing your studies, this programme will give you the academic admission requirements for higher-level animal programmes at Unitec, including the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 36 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in English
2. 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in a relevant science subject
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:

  • The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) 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
Companion Animal Industries Work Experience (Sem A) (NSCI4708-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)This course synthesises theoretical knowledge with practice based industry learning and skills relating to the care and handling of a range of companion animals
Companion Animal Industries Work Experience (Sem B) (NSCI4708-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)This course synthesises theoretical knowledge with practice based industry learning and skills relating to the care and handling of a range of companion animals
Management of Companion Animals (Sem A) (NSCI4713-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students completing this course will be able to apply knowledge and principles of behaviour, welfare, health and husbandry to the care of companion animals in appropriate facilities.
Management of Companion Animals (Sem B) (NSCI4713-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students completing this course will be able to apply knowledge and principles of behaviour, welfare, health and husbandry to the care of companion animals in appropriate facilities.
Companion Animal Facilities Management (Sem A) (NSCI4714-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the day-to-day management principles of a companion animal facility through a focus on animal health and welfare.
Companion Animal Facilities Management (Sem B) (NSCI4714-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the day-to-day management principles of a companion animal facility through a focus on animal health and welfare.
CoursesCreditsAim
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.
Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (Sem A) (NSCI5720-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to understand the concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to the maintenance of homeostasis and animal health
Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (Sem B) (NSCI5720-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to understand the concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to the maintenance of homeostasis and animal health
Principles of Animal Husbandry (NSCI5738) 15.0 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.