New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)

Programme details

Code NZ2487
Level 3
Credits 70
Duration 1 semester
Domestic student fee $3,388* (per year)
IntakesFebruary, July
Study options Full-time
LocationWaipa (Rotorua)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Programme aim

Have a passion for working with animals? This entry level qualification provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to maintain the husbandry and welfare of companion animals in both domestic and commercial environments.

You'll learn to care for companion animals and have the added benefit of practicing your handling skills through our onsite animal facility, which houses a wide range of species. Alongside your practical skills you'll gain theoretical knowledge of the following:

  • Animal welfare and hygiene practices
  • Animal health and behaviour
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal husbandry and handling
  • Parasitology and zoonotic diseases of companion animals

Content Details

The Companion Animal topic includes learning and assessment of general skills and knowledge relating to the care and handling of a minimum of three species commonly kept as domestic pets, or assistance animals, including but not limited to; cats, dogs, birds, rabbits rodents, reptiles, and amphibians.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed in a range of businesses associated with the care of animals. This may include people working as assistants in pet stores, animal rescue centres, pet grooming, animal day care, greyhound racing kennels, animal breeders, animal training, boarding facilities, aquarium services, horse recreation businesses, and lifestyle block owners.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Page last updated: 07 Oct 2017