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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations

Are you passionate about protecting animals from cruelty or neglect? Take the first step towards becoming a warranted animal welfare inspector with this one-year programme that offers the convenience of distance learning, with three six-day compulsory on-campus block courses.

Level
5
Credits
120 (1.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February
Duration
Full-time distance learning for one year (including three six-day compulsory block courses, and compulsory work experience)

Programme overview

The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations is the only programme in the country to give you the specific skills and knowledge required to become a warranted animal welfare inspector, as recognised by the RNZSPCA (Royal New Zealand Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) and MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries).

Explore the requirements, procedures, and powers of the animal welfare inspector role in terms of animal welfare law, animal health and welfare, and learn communication skills and techniques that will be used during investigations and prosecutions.

Highlights

  • Essential for industry recognition; to become a warranted animal welfare inspector under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, you need to have the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations and be employed by an approved organisation.
  • 26 hours of compulsory work experience: you'll spend 20 hours working alongside a practising warranted animal welfare inspector, and an additional 6 hours in a district court.
  • Suitable for those who work with animals and want to learn more about animal health and welfare, and the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
  • Learn from a teaching team who are passionate about animals, experts in the fields of animal welfare investigations, animal behaviour, health, and welfare, and continue to work in or closely with industry.
  • Visiting industry experts and guest lecturers will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in animal welfare investigations.

Distance Learning

We expect students studying from a distance to be self-motivated and committed, and have excellent time management skills. You must attend all block courses, exams, practical assessments, work experience, as well as complete your self-directed study (research, reading, revision) and assessment writing.

Students must have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and appropriate word processing and slide presentation software. This will be provided by Unitec and downloadable once you‘re enrolled.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you need the following: 

  1. 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 or equivalent/higher in your best four subjects, including: 
  2. At least 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 in mathematics or Pangaru 
  3. At least 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English or Te Reo Māori 
  4. Be at least 18 years old by the time the programme begins 

If English is not your first language you will need one or more of the following: 

  • Have achieved at least 8 NCEA Level 2 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency 

If you don't meet these requirements, you may be eligible for either special or discretionary admission 

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; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.

Courses Credits Aim
Communication Skills for Animal Welfare Inspectors (Sem A) (NSCI5774-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) This course introduces students to the communication skills and knowledge, and knowledge of matauranga Maori, needed to work with diverse communities and in different settings as an Animal Welfare Inspector.
Communication Skills for Animal Welfare Inspectors (Sem B) (NSCI5774-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) This course introduces students to the communication skills and knowledge, and knowledge of matauranga Maori, needed to work with diverse communities and in different settings as an Animal Welfare Inspector.
Investigation of Animal Welfare Complaints and Offences (Sem A) (NSCI5775-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills needed, as an animal welfare inspector, to investigate complaints; identify, collect, and document evidence; and complete search and interview processes.
Investigation of Animal Welfare Complaints and Offences (Sem B) (NSCI5775-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills needed, as an animal welfare inspector, to investigate complaints; identify, collect, and document evidence; and complete search and interview processes.
New Zealand Animal Welfare Law (NSCI5776) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course gives students the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge of, and apply, legal frameworks and legislation related to animal welfare.
Prosecution Under the Animal Welfare Act (1999) (NSCI5777) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create the documents for a prosecution and to understand the role and function of an Animal Welfare Inspector in District Court criminal proceedings.
Animal Health and Welfare for Inspectors (Sem A) (NSCI5778-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to undertake assessments in order to determine the health and welfare status and needs of a range of species.
Animal Health and Welfare for Inspectors (Sem B) (NSCI5778-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to undertake assessments in order to determine the health and welfare status and needs of a range of species.