Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare)

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years or part-time options available
Starts February and July
65 places
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$6020 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Are you passionate about animal management and welfare? Develop a thorough understanding of animal health, welfare, behaviour modification, handling and husbandry, conservation and human/animal interaction.

This is a unique pathway into the rapidly growing field of animal management and welfare, and into a wide range of emerging careers. This programme addresses the demand for ethical professionals in industries and organisations associated with the management and care of animals. You'll discover animal behaviour counselling, animal health and welfare, animal handling and husbandry, conservation and human/animal interactions.


  • A holistic approach that combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills to evaluate the welfare, management and training needs of wild, exotic, companion and farm animals.
  • Practical experience in simulated and real-world situations.
  • Visits to various animal welfare organisations and voluntary groups. You may even be able to undertake part of your studies at one of their sites.
  • A chance to complete a research report in an area of your own interest in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field.
  • Relevant and current teaching: our lecturers keep up with industry trends through links with zoos in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, the Department of Conservation, MPI Biosecurity and the SPCA.
  • A teaching team of highly qualified and experienced animal behaviour experts, animal trainers, animal welfare scientists and veterinarians.


Last edited: 05 September 2013  

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