Certificate in Animal Management

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

4, 120 1.0
Full-time for one year
Starts February
60 places
by 1 October
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5700 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Want to work with animals? Demonstrate your knowledge and application of ethical behaviour in relation to the care and handling of a wide range of animals in different situations. Recognise signs of good health and ill health in a range of animals.

Are you passionate about animals? 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).


Last edited: 16 December 2013