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Study to work with dogs with a New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Canine Behaviour and Training) from Unitec

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals)

Develop the knowledge and confidence to work with, care for, and manage the day-to-day needs of a wide range of companion animals in different situations. Learn about animal behaviour, and how to recognise signs of good and bad health in a range of companion animals.

Level
4
Credits
120 (1.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February
Duration
Full-time for one year

Programme overview

If you want to further your career working with, and managing, 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.

Highlights

  • Practical work placements in an animal facility of your choice
  • Practical experience within Unitec Mt. Albert's small animal unit (Te Puna Kararehe)
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in the fields of animal behaviour, health, and welfare, and who 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).

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post study work visa upon completion of this programme.

Admission requirements

Academic 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;

If you don’t meet the academic criteria above, we'll also accept the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) or an equivalent qualification. We also have a range of Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also 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.

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
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.
Courses Credits Aim
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.