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

New Zealand



Course info


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.

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, welfare, behaviour and husbandry, learn how to recognise signs of good and poor health across a range of companion animals, and understand how to manage animals in a range of environments.

Develop an awareness of the social, ethical, and environmental issues that affect animal management through self-selected work placements, where you'll discover how to communicate effectively within a team and apply basic business and customer service skills in the work environment.


  • Practical work placements in an animal facility of your choice
  • Practical experience within Unitec's Behaviour and Husbandry Centre - 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

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.


  • Animal control
  • Kennel/cattery
  • Pet stores
  • Doggy daycare
  • Pet product sales representative




Mt Albert

Course options

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

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$22,000.00 (11,51,308) per year




Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,


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 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.

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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