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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animal) Unitec Institute of Technology

New Zealand

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Summary

This certificate programme is a great place to start your professional career working with animals. Whether you’re straight out of school, currently working with animals, or thinking about a career change, the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care is a great place to start your career working with animals!

We cover all aspects of animal care including health, hygiene, behaviour, and handling. We'll give you the applied knowledge and skills to care for a wide range of companion animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and birds, in a variety of settings including your home, pet shops, kennels, and catteries.

Choose from any of the study options that work best with your schedule:

  • Full-time study (evening classes): This takes place over one semester from July to November. Classes run three times a week, Monday - Wednesday, 17:30-20:30.
  • Distance learning (day classes during block courses): This takes place over one semester from April to September, or September to February. Anyone from across New Zealand is eligible for this programme as the bulk of the programme is online.

Highlights

  • Take the first step towards a professional animal care-related career by gaining a comprehensive understanding of animal husbandry
  • Develop essential communication skills and professional capabilities
  • Passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields and work closely with industry
  • This programme can provide a pathway for further study in a range of animal-related programmes Unitec.
  • Access to Unitec's Behaviour and Husbandry Centre - Te Puna Kararehe - where you'll get a hands-on introduction to animal care through 12 hours on-site practical training and 48 hours of placement experience at an approved external facility.
  • A mix of daytime and evening on-campus classes, practicals, and self-directed learning, depending on your study option.

Distance Learning

The distance learning option for this programme is full-time, and you'll be required to attend two compulsory block courses at our Mt. Albert campus. To study from a distance, you need to be self-motivated, committed and have excellent time management skills. You need to attend all block courses, exams, practical assessments, work experience, as well as complete your self-directed study (research, reading, revision) and assessment writing.

You'll also need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and appropriate office software i.e. Microsoft Office, which we'll provide once you‘re enrolled.

Where to next?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to work in the animal care industry with limited supervision. 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:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals)

If you're specifically interested in dog training, have a look at our New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Canine Behaviour and Training).

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Animal minder in a range of animal facilities
  • Boarding kennel or cattery attendant
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Wildlife rehabilitation aide
  • Facility assistant for SPCA
  • Pet supply sales representative
  • Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level.

Distance learning intakes: April or September

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animal).

Full Time (16 weeks)

Tuition fees

NZ$12,200.00 (6,50,480) per year

From

19-Jul-21

Venue

Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,

AUCKLAND,

Mt Albert,

1025, New Zealand

Online/Distance with attendence (6 months)

Tuition fees

NZ$12,200.00 (6,50,480) per year

From

20-Sep-21

Venue

Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,

AUCKLAND,

Mt Albert,

1025, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

  • Entry requirements vary from country to country.
  • Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to New Zealand NCEA
  • For more details, please check the institution website.

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 such as IELTS 5.5 (no band<5.0) or equivalent
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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